Monday, December 22, 2014

Bye Bye Blue Devil

An Air Force spokeswoman confirmed on May 1 that the service is divesting all mission equipment relating to the Blue Devil I multi-intelligence system, with that equipment possibly being transferred to other Pentagon or federal government agencies. Blue Devil was an attempt to combine imagery, video and signals intelligence sensors aboard a leased fleet of King Air aircraft; the demonstration was a success, but with that fleet no longer needed in theater, the program was truncated. The Air Force lacks a truly comparable capability in its inventory without Blue Devil -- it claims the Gorgon Stare sensor is closest -- while the Army has a system that is more comparable, called Constant Hawk.

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