Military Embedded Systems

ITT Exelis & Sierra Nevada to design Advanced WAPS System


July 09, 2012

John McHale

Editorial Director

Military Embedded Systems

ROCHESTER, N.Y. Officials at Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and ITT Exelis have joined hands to build a manned aircraft-based Wide-Area Airborne Persistent Surveillance (WAPS) system, dubbed Vigilant Stare. It is inspired by a similar U.S. Air Force system.

Vigilant Stare will provide infrared and visible coverage of city-sized areas, enabling real-time motion imagery to be directly delivered to various users involved in domestic support missions. The system’s motion imagery simultaneously covers three different tiers: full field of regard, best-resolution tactical chip-outs, and multiple sub-views of the full field of view.

Users can get access to the products through an enterprise dissemination backend with the best-resolution chip-outs provided in real time directly to users involved in ground operations.


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