Air Force addresses flaws in wide-angle surveillance system

Three of seven problem areas for Gorgon Stare are fixed, service says

The Air Force responded quickly to reports circulating this week that the Gorgon Stare battlefield surveillance system is flawed and unfit for deployment, reports Colin Clark at DOD Buzz.

Air Force officials said three of the seven problems with the advanced technology cited in its testing memo have been fixed and that it will not deploy the multi-camera system in Afghanistan until the theater commander accepts it, the website reports.

Gorgon Stare provides troops and commanders with a persistent, wide-area surveillance capability that allows multiple users to access data from one platform. Essentially a kind of  "all-seeing eye," the system uses nine cameras to give operators a clear view of a two-and-a-half-mile area.

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The document leaked outlining the problems was a draft memo that was later revised in January, they said.

The Air Force already has fixes in place for three of the issues identified in the memo, Air Force Lt. Col Todd Vician, head of the service’s media operations, said in a statement.

The issues being addressed are:

  • Critical technical order shortfalls.
  • Ground station image and grid coordinate generation.
  • Remote video terminal compatibility.

“We’re working all three issues and do not believe they will affect the deployment schedule,” he said.

“The Air Force takes its responsibility seriously because lives depend on the quality of the intelligence products that are produced,” he added.

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