DARPA eyes BAE for surveillance system

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has chosen BAE Systems Inc. to attempt to develop a surveillance and reconnaissance system that can simultaneously and continuously detect the presence and motion of thousands of targets over an area covering tens of square miles. The $18.5 million contract is for 30 months.

Under the contract, BAE Systems of Rockville, Md., will lead DARPA's Autonomous Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance Imaging System program. The company will develop, integrate and demonstrate advanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems. The systems will be part of the Defense Department unmanned and manned surveillance platforms.

The program's goal is to develop a compact system that combines:
  • A multigigapixel, high-resolution sensor;
  • Wide-field optics;
  • An ultrahigh-bandwidth, real-time airborne processing system; and
  • A ground station for interactive multitarget designation and tracking.

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Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Federal Computer Week.

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