ISR capability on demand [CANSEC17D1]

31 May 2017

Burlington, Ontario-based L3 WESCAM (Booth 201) has launched its MatriX ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) system solutions kits for fixed- and rotary-wing platforms.

The kits combine a series of best-in-class commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies that provide an advanced level of ISR mission capabilities in airborne platforms that have traditionally conducted missions without them.

They offer a low-cost, low-risk approach to extending the mission portfolio of defence and security customers who need to add ISR capability to an existing platform, with the ability to easily revert to the platform’s original state.

Included in each MatriX kit is an MX-Series imaging or targeting turret – configured for ISR missions – in addition to a removable console in a compact walk-on/walk-off, or larger, palletised roll-on/roll-o ff orientation.

“By integrating fundamental technologies into a streamlined kit, our MatriX solutions can be used to easily convert platforms such as the UH-60 utility Black Hawk and C-130 cargo carrier for ISR missions and then revert them to their original configurations in just a few hours,” said Mike Greenley, president of L3 WESCAM. “The kits contain quali ed subsystems and have proven to be a low-cost, low-risk means of adding a significant level of ISR capability – without affecting traditional mission roles.”

The MatriX ISR solution can transform the UH-60 Black Hawk into one with full ISR capability in as little as six hours, but retaining the helicopter’s full utility capability. Removing ISR capabilities and reverting to its original state can be completed in approximately two hours.

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