10:16 AM on Jul 23, 2010
Amy Butler writes:
Lockheed Martin is continuing work on a roll on/roll off kit to give a sophisticated ISR collection capability to the Pentagon's C-130 fleet.
Details about the so-called Shadow Harvest are scant, but company exec George Stanbridge says progress is ongoing at the advanced development arm of the C-130 manufacturer.
Two kits have been ordered and 3-5 more are expected, he says. The program is designed to retrofit any Herc into an intelligence collector in 24 hour.
The development aircraft are finished, but it is unclear whether the system has been deployed. It is likely, as commanders are keen on sending test assets to the field since 9/11.
While the system would be useful in Iraq and Afghanistan, the intent is to make the system covert. So it could be suitable for deployment in populated places, such as Africa, where there is unrest, but where the U.S. wants little visible presence of intelligence capabilities, according to a Defense Dept. ISR expert.
The customer is the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the kit is modular. So, collection capabilities can vary depending on mission. The ISR expert suggests that as many as eight sensors are options on the system.
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