Finding threats

BAE Systems recently received a US Army contract for a new generation of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems that will provide precise detection and identification of known and potential threats.


BAE Systems recently received a US Army contract for a new generation of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) systems that will provide precise detection and identification of known and potential threats.

BAE Systems’ AURORA Generation IV spectral ISR system combines hyperspectral imaging technology with high-resolution electro-optic and infrared sensors with an airborne processing system that exploits and fuses spectral and imagery data in real time.

’The system represents the first transition of combined tactical hyperspectral and EO/IR technology for US war fighters,’ said Dr Ramy Shanny, BAE Systems’ general manager of Advanced Technologies in Washington, DC.

According to BAE Systems, the AURORA Generation IV system has been developed for use on a wide range of low and high-flying vehicles that can accommodate payloads as low as 15 pounds. BAE Systems initially will integrate five systems on US Army Shadow unmanned aerial vehicles.

The system combines imaging arrays and sensors with BAE Systems’ Adaptive Spectral Processing and Identification System (ASPIS) to provide automated target recognition. ASPIS detects and identifies known or potential threats and then downlinks target imagery and other data to ground operators for rapid delivery into intelligence databases.

Work on the contract will be performed at BAE Systems’ Advanced Technologies unit in Washington.