C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

USAF contracts Leidos to push sensor technology

12 February 2018

The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has awarded Leidos a USD47million contract to provide sensor technology that will advance and mature AFRL’s portfolio of electro-optical sensors and related technology for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR); targeting; and situation awareness for manned, remotely piloted, and autonomous aircraft.

Under the Electro-Optical Combined Hyperspectral Imaging, Infrared Search and Track, and Long Range Imaging (EO-CHIL) programme, Leidos will investigate, develop, and demonstrate concepts, components, and systems technologies to improve imaging performance for standoff high-resolution imaging (SHRI), hyperspectral sensing, infrared search-and-track (IRST), and sense-and-avoid (SAA) technology. These sensors could be used for air-to-air or air-to-ground missions and work at ranges consistent with the proposed mission, according to AFRL.

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