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AFA Winter 2018: iSENSYS seeks to grow air, sea surface data collection vessel business

01 March 2018

iSENSYS is looking to grow its data collection targeting services business in non-ground vehicle applications such as sea surface, air, and rotary-wing targets, according to a company executive.

iSENSYS chief technology officer Chandler Griffin told Jane’s on 23 February that the company has developed more than 600 ground vehicle targets since its inception in 2004. iSENSYS, he said, develops roughly 30 aerial targets per year and fewer than 30 of its rotary-wing targets annually.

The US Air Force (USAF), Griffin said, is one of iSENSYS’s largest customers for targets. Other customers include US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), Lockheed Martin, and Tecnam Aviation, according to the iSENSYS website.

iSENSYS' Wasp unmanned rotary-wing target that can, among other things, provide targeting data collection information to military customers. (IHS Markit/Pat Host)iSENSYS' Wasp unmanned rotary-wing target that can, among other things, provide targeting data collection information to military customers. (IHS Markit/Pat Host)

iSENSYS takes commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) vehicles, such as small boats, rotary-wing vehicles, ground vehicles, and aerial targets and inserts its auto-pilot and actuation and guidance package to develop data collection targets. Griffin said iSENSYS buys its ground vehicles from Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP)-subsidiary Can-Am and modifies the vehicle’s suspension and transmission while also making it unmanned-capable.

iSENSYS also procures its surface vessel from Sea-Doo, another BRP subsidiary. Griffin said iSENSYS acquires a small manned helicopter called the Mosquito XE from Trenton, Florida, company Composite FX for use as an unmanned rotary-wing target.

Composite FX sells five different factory-finished versions of the Mosquito at prices ranging between USD36,500 and USD52,000. Griffin said iSENSYS procures its aerial targets from Spain’s SCR.

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