The US Army has awarded a Lockheed-Martin-led team an $879 million contract to
develop the Aerial Common Sensor (ACS), a next generation airborne Intelligence,
Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) and target identification system.
ACS is intended to replace current ISR aircraft operated by US Forces including
the US Army's Guardrail common sensor, the airborne reconnaissance low aircraft
and the US Navy's fleet of EP-3 Aries II.
Lockheed-Martin under the contract disclosed here will be responsible for the
development and demonstration of single ISR mission package that will combine
and enhance the capabilities of current legacy systems. The ISR mission package
will be integrated on the Embraer ERJ-145 platform.
The ACS program will run over a 20-year period with an estimated value of $7
billion. The ACS aircraft will help enable net-centric operations for the future
Under the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase, the Lockheed-Martin
team will deliver five certified, mission ready airborne ISR systems, with
initial testing planned for 2006. The low rate production contract is
anticipated in 2007 and the full rate production decision is expected in 2009.
The ACS design features an unprecedented sensor-computer integration that will
pinpoint threats in real-time with instantaneous access to intelligence from
manned, unmanned and space-based assets. It will provide a persistent
surveillance of the battlespace.
Its software-centric, open architecture design will ensure easy technology
insertion, growth and full compatibility with future systems including the US
Army's FCS and the Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS). It will be
interoperable with ISR systems such as Global Hawk , U-2 and E-8C JSTARS.
The Lockheed Martin's team includes Embraer, Argon Engineering, BAe Systems,
General Dynamics, Harris, L-3 Communications and Raytheon. The militarized
ERJ-145 provided by Embraer will benefit from the low cycle costs of a
Copyright © 2003-2017 deagel.com website. All rights reserved.