Israeli company Bird Aerosystems showcased its Airborne Surveillance, Intelligence and Observation (ASIO) solution installed on a Cessna Citation CJ4 business jet at the Farnborough International Air Show 2018.
Shown in a maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) configuration, the system featured a Leonardo Seaspray 5000 multimode radar, a Controp 15-inch high-definition day/night electro-optical sensor in a belly-mounted fairing, an automatic identification system (AIS) receiver, satcom and line-of-sight datalink communications as well as Bird Aerosystems’ multi-sensor integration system (MSIS), which fuses the sensor data.
The MSIS consists of a single twin-screen workstation that enables the operator to control the individual sensors and the communications on one screen, with the other providing the overall situational awareness picture and mission management. Tablet displays provide tailored views for the mission commander and the pilot. The system can share real-time data with a ground headquarters.
The latest version includes the Ocean Surveillance Control and Reconnaissance (OSCAR) system. This an offline system that supports pre-mission planning by analysing a range of surface tracks from multiple sources, including previous missions, using artificial intelligence to identify performance anomalies and isolate potential targets for investigation during a mission. This allows a more focused approach to maritime surveillance, given that the OSCAR system will suggest the best mission profile to investigate identified targets of interest.
Shaul Mazor, Bird Aerosystems’ vice president for marketing and business development, told Jane’s that a limited version of the OSCAR system is already available and has been considerably enhanced over the past year to enable it to deal with much larger quantities of data.
Mazor said that the CJ4 platform was chosen because it provides extended range and greater speed over some of the other intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms, adding that a jet aircraft is more effective for medium- and long-range tasks while remaining cost-effective.
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