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L3HARRIS TECHNOLOGIES AND AIR TRACTOR ANNOUNCE SKY WARDEN ISR STRIKE AIRCRAFT
Thursday, May 6, 2021
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MELBOURNE, Fla. -- L3Harris Technologies and Air Tractor have teamed to produce the AT-802U Sky Warden, an affordable, production-ready aircraft designed for airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and other missions in extreme combat environments.

Sky Warden is based on the rugged and capable Air Tractor AT-802, which features the largest payload capacity of any single-engine turboprop aircraft. It hosts L3Harris’ world-class family of communications, sensors and airborne ISR solutions. The platform is backed by the company’s extensive turnkey ISR operation experience.

The multi-mission platform provides the operator agility and flexibility to identify, track and react to counter threats. It merges the capabilities of larger ISR and armed aircraft into one resilient package. It is also capable of takeoff and landing on unimproved airstrips - allowing the aircraft to be deployed and co-located with special mission operators.

"Air Tractor aircraft were developed precisely to operate in austere environments with limited infrastructure," said Jim Hirsch, President, Air Tractor, Inc. "Our aircraft are built to offer unparalleled flexibility, essential ingredients for special mission operators."

"Our mission systems, platforms, direct operators and sustainment teams have supported more than 1.3 million combat hours of special operations ISR and attack missions in the past 10 years," said Luke Savoie, President, Aviation Services, L3Harris. "Combining that experience with Air Tractor, one of the largest turboprop aircraft OEMs in the world, enables our team to design and provide a mature platform capable of operating anywhere in the world and provides the tools needed to support any mission."

Sky Warden’s name commemorates two best-in-class, multi-mission special operations combat platforms. It merges the deep history of the Vietnam-era A-1E Sky Raider with the present-day U-28, which uses the callsign "Warden" during combat operations. Sky Warden combines their heritage and capabilities to collapse the stack, providing one aircraft capable of multiple mission roles.

Source:  L3Harris
Associated URL: www.L3Harris.com/SkyWarden.

 
RAYTHEON INTELLIGENCE & SPACE TO SUPPORT AIR FORCE INTELLIGENCE PROGRAM UNDER $175 MILLION CONTRACT
Thursday, May 6, 2021
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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Raytheon Intelligence & Space, a Raytheon Technologies business, will provide signals intelligence field services for the U.S. Air Force's Distributed Common Ground System, which collects, processes and analyzes intelligence.

RI&S will support seven different intelligence applications the Air Force uses to collect and correlate data under the new program, DCGS-Signals Intelligence Field Support (DSFS). The five-year contract, valued up to $175 million, will combine information from airborne, ground and other systems.

Under the contract, RI&S will leverage its mission domain knowledge to provide high mission availability in support of end-to-end operations - from creating a mission plan for an airborne sensor to receiving data, processing that data, and then either producing a report, storing it or enhancing it by fusing it with other data.

Source:  Raytheon
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MQ-9 REAPER GETS ENHANCED CAPABILITIES
Thursday, May 6, 2021
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An MQ-9 Reaper with three Ghost Reaper pods

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HANCOCK FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.Y. -- The 174th Attack Wing has partnered with multiple Department of Defense contractors and academia to lead the effort in establishing new and additional capabilities for the MQ-9 Reaper.

According to the assistant director of operations at the 174th Operations Support Squadron, capabilities include battlefield and airspace communications enhancements as well as target identification tracking and processing.

The assistant director of operations explained there are three separate pods; the Freedom Pod, Centerline Avionics Bay Pod and the REAP Pod. Each pod is manufactured by a contractor which specializes in its unique function, leveraging expertise from previous programs.

The pods help the MQ-9 play an increased, more prominent role in the command and control arena of the battlefield. It will be able to receive and pass information to and from older fourth generation and newer fifth-generation aircraft.

This mission is solely an Air National Guard mission funded by The National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account funds. The funds were leveraged for modernization since ANG only operates legacy aircraft.

From May 3-14th, the pods will demonstrate their capabilities onboard a 174TH ATKW MQ-9 focusing on a higher level of integration with additional air and ground based assets during Pacific Command’s premier exercise, Northern Edge, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.

Source:  U.S. Air Force
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