Army in R&D pact with Harris for imaging test bed system

The Army's Communications-Electronics Command has awarded a $6.6 million R&D contract to Harris Corp. to develop and demonstrate the Jigsaw Laser Radar 3D-imaging test bed system for use on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The ability to reliably identify targets, including tanks and other vehicles, hidden under foliage and camouflage was successfully demonstrated by Harris and MIT-Lincoln Laboratories during an earlier proof-of-concept Jigsaw study.

This demonstration was followed by the recently completed initiative to design a smaller, lighter, autonomous, better-performing test bed system suitable for use on a medium-sized UAV.

During this latest phase of the DARPA-sponsored effort, Harris is providing systems integration services in cooperation with LADAR sensor developer MIT-LL and DP-5X platform developer Dragonfly Pictures Inc. of Essington, Pa.

Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology.

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