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Navy Seeks Maritime Infrared Imagery for ISR Platforms

naval drone stock photoThe U.S. Navy has released an updated presolicitation for the Combatant Craft Forward Looking Infrared 2 system as the service aims to modernize its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance imaging platform, Defense Systems reported Thursday.

Mark Pomerleau writes that the Navy wants a maritime infrared imaging system with net-centric data sharing, image fusion, laser target designation, information assurance and systems integration functions.

Through these upgrade efforts, the Navy works to build up its ISR portfolio as a foundation for mission success, the report said.

Pomerleau reports that the U.S. Army and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are also pursuing their own programs to upgrade imaging systems.

The Army’s System and Method for Image Enhancement and Improvement technology aims to leverage quantum imaging to deliver a clear image through atmospheric disturbances such as smoke, while DARPA’s Advanced Scanning Technology for Imaging Radars program uses imaging radar architecture.

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