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Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance & Targeting (ISR&T) Project

Client: US Navy, NAVAIR, Weapon Engagement Office (WEO) Contract Date: 2011 - Ongoing

Two years ago, the US Navy / NAVAIR Weapons Engagement Office (WEO) started a project to integrate data from the RAF’s Sentinel and RAPTOR systems into the Distributed Common Ground Surface / Station (DCGS) enterprise – with the ultimate aim being to provide a decision support and targeting capability.

NAVAIR selected 3SDL for this task based on our performance and experience in supporting the UK MOD and US DoD during the Empire Challenge (EC) series of ISR interoperability events. At the forefront of our success was our ability to forge and build relationships with UK and US stakeholders, and understand the complexity of the ISR context and its potential impact on the deployed warfighter.

Focused on delivering enhancements to the NAVAIR targeting / effects package known as Common Geopositioning Services (CGS) - a US Government ‘Off The Shelf’ application with interfaces to C2 systems and imagery exploitation tools - the project is funded by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. We are acting as the UK-based facilitator and test coordinator. This requires us to act in the role of ‘bridge’ between the US DoD and UK MOD; managing contacts with all support contractors on both sides of the Atlantic; and working with our partners SLC Associates to conduct precise surveys of a series of targets on the UK MOD’s Defence Training Estates at the Salisbury Plain and Stanford Training Areas. Once this final task is completed, we will hold a ‘golden reference’ library of imagery and radar-significant targets surveyed to sub-10cm accuracy and precision. This extremely valuable and useful reference can be made available to UK MOD and Government agencies for testing ISR system capabilities.

In the last year, we have carried out several test spiral events for both RAPTOR and Sentinel system data with the CGS project, which culminated in an end-to-end demonstration of data ingest in the UK supporting a targeting cell based within the Continental US. Once completed, this project will have validated the capability of UK ISR systems to provide high-quality targeting coordinates, a positive step change in the capability available to the UK MOD and US DoD.

Weapon Engagement Office