Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) have teamed to build Vigilant Stare, a manned aircraft-based Wide-Area Airborne Persistent Surveillance (WAPS) system capability. This partnership will offer customers proven, advanced solutions in airborne wide-area surveillance on an affordable, fee-for-service basis, saving upfront costs and risks. Hosted on a Twin Otter aircraft, the Vigilant Stare system is derived from a U.S. Air Force operationally-proven system.
Vigilant Stare will provide visible and infrared coverage of city-sized areas, providing real-time motion imagery directly to diversified users involved in domestic support missions. Vigilant Stare motion imagery simultaneously covers three tiers:
These products will be provided to users through an enterprise dissemination backend with best-resolution chip-outs provided directly and in real time to users engaged in ground operations.
“This game-changing system will provide product in near real time for unprecedented, rapid exploitation and forensics analysis support. The entire mission data set is available post-mission for live, long-term archiving, discovery and additional exploitation,” said Dave Bullock, vice president for Persistent Surveillance Systems at Sierra Nevada Corporation.
“Exelis has a proven track record of delivering integrated sensing systems for space and airborne platforms, across a variety of markets and customers,” said S. Danny Rajan, director of Emerging and Airborne Offerings at ITT Exelis Geospatial Systems. “These solutions enable intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data to be collected, processed and disseminated across multiple platforms for users. Our partnership with Sierra Nevada Corporation to build the Vigilant Stare system will provide a diverse set of customers with the flexibility and capabilities necessary to carry out their missions in today’s environment.”
The Vigilant Stare partnership between SNC and Exelis brings mature operational capability to market, delivering ready-now Wide-Area Airborne Surveillance capabilities with multiple service options that help customers meet their mission needs on a more affordable and flexible basis.
Source: ITT Exelis
Date: Jul 9, 2012