The Predator UAVs return to Bosnia with enhanced surveillance capability; Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. provides commercial off-the-shelf computers to upgrade surveillance of troop and weapons movements.
CHELMSFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 25, 1996--Mercury Computer Systems, Inc., a leading supplier of embedded computers for the military, announced today that its RACE(R) computers are being used in the latest Synthetic Aperture Radar Synthetic aperture radar (SAR)
Radar, airborne or satellite-borne, that uses special signal processing to produce high-resolution images of the surface of the Earth (or another object) while traversing a considerable flight path. (SAR (Segmentation And Reassembly) The protocol that converts data to cells for transmission over an ATM network. It is the lower part of the ATM Adaption Layer (AAL), which is responsible for the entire operation. See AAL.
SAR - segmentation and reassembly ) system carried aboard Predator unmanned aerial vehicles
Predator, an unmanned surveillance plane, was developed by General Atomics Aeronautics Systems, Inc. based in San Diego, Calif.
The Tactical Endurance SAR system (TESAR TESAR Tactical Endurance Synthetic Aperture Radar (Army)
TESAR Tactical Enhanced Synthetic Aperture Radar ), developed by Westinghouse Electronic Systems Group (now Northrop Grumman Electronic Sensors and Systems Division), an associate contractor on this project, has completed the test phase and will move to deployment in Bosnia aboard Predator. Aided by Mercury's high-performance computers, TESAR gives Predator an all-weather real-time surveillance capability and will assist the NATO commanders by monitoring troop and weapons movements as they continue to implement the peace agreement signed in Dayton, Ohio, earlier this year.
"This is a classic example of how the new military is using advanced COTS technologies to gain rapid advantages in the field," said James R. Bertelli, CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. and President of Mercury Computer Systems Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. NASDAQ: MRCY provides high-performance embedded, real-time digital signal and image processing solutions.
Mercury designs and builds embedded multicomputers, which may be considered to be either loosely coupled , Inc. "The same standard COTS products are in wide use in numerous military programs as well as commercial applications, such as MRI 1. (application) MRI - Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
2. MRI - Measurement Requirements and Interface. (Magnetic Resonance Imaging magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), noninvasive diagnostic technique that uses nuclear magnetic resonance to produce cross-sectional images of organs and other internal body structures. ) in hospitals."
High resolution SAR operates from the Ku through UHF bands and provides either wide-area coverage (strip-map mode) or point-target surveillance (Spotlight SAR mode). The latter allows the location and identification of objects viewed from 26,000 feet within an area as small as one square foot.
An earlier version of the Predator system was first deployed in Bosnia in July 1995, where it conducted almost daily reconnaissance operations in combat environment for U.S. and NATO forces. The newly upgraded version carrying the U.S. military's most sophisticated radar and cameras will be sent to Bosnia this month.
"This is an important step in further developing the Joint Endurance UAV programs," said John N. Entzminger, an Institute for Defense Analysis advisor to Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office (DARO). "By using COTS products, DARO has been able to bring this program to an early deployment in Bosnia in record time."
Predator, also known as TIER II, has been produced as a quick reaction program supervised by DARO. This program allows the Pentagon to quickly demonstrate new and advanced technologies and to assess their potential for wider military use. Apart from TIER II, Mercury's computer systems are also used in TIER II Plus (in development) and TIER III Minus (Dark Star).
Mercury has a history of successfully supporting complex military projects which have had "rapid development" as a principle measure of success. Since Mercury's RACE(R) systems are designed to be open and scalable, users have the ability to configure their systems in a variety of topologies with large numbers of different types of processors and high-performance I/O devices.
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. is a technology company specializing in application-specific signal processing solutions for diverse markets ranging from defense and security to medical diagnostic and commercial image processing. Mercury's RACE(R) series, with its building block approach to hardware and software, allows customers to build the most effective system for their application. The company's advanced interconnect fabric, RACEway Interlink, was recently adopted as an ANSI (American National Standards Institute, New York, www.ansi.org) A membership organization founded in 1918 that coordinates the development of U.S. voluntary national standards in both the private and public sectors. It is the U.S. member body to ISO and IEC. standard. Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. is headquartered in Chelmsford, and has offices throughout North America, Asia and Europe. With more than 30,000 units installed worldwide, Mercury serves customers in 14 countries.
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TIER II Medium Altitude Endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle A powered, aerial vehicle that does not carry a human operator, uses aerodynamic forces to provide vehicle lift, can fly autonomously or be piloted remotely, can be expendable or recoverable, and can carry a lethal or nonlethal payload.
o System Description:
The MAE UAV Predator Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD), is a 30-month demonstration program with two years of follow-on contractor support. The system is designed to provide long-range, long-dwell, near real-time IMINT IMINT Imagery Intelligence
IMINT Image Intelligence
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o Derivative of Gnat 750, the first UAV deployed to the Bosnia theater. o Deployed to Bosnia in summer 1995 o Tactical Endurance SAR (TESAR) all-weather capability o Expanded EO/IR payload o Satellite control o GPS and INS o Over 24 hours on station at 500 NM o Operations to 26,000 feet o 465 LB payload o Span 48 feet, length 28 feet o Speeds to 120 KIAS o Military and non-military uses:
o Extended reconnaissance, nuclear, biological and chemical weapons detection and treaty monitoring
o Counter-narcotics support
o Coastal and border surveillance, and embargo enforcement
o Humanitarian and disaster relief
o International peacekeeping support
o Counter-insurgency or anti-terrorism operations
o Civil/Commercial applications:
o Synoptic viewing of selected areas, events, activities, or site inspection
o Commercial communications relay, or provision of immediate cellular connectivity over an area of interest
o Earth environmental monitoring
o Transportation and delivery of commercial goods and services In economics, economic output is divided into physical goods and intangible services. Consumption of goods and services is assumed to produce utility (unless the "good" is a "bad"). It is often used when referring to a Goods and Services Tax.
o The use of UAVs for non-governmental functions is projected to yield a commercial market of $2 billion annually as early as 2005.
Source: DARO; General Atomics; UAV-95 Conference in Paris, June 1995.
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