Air Force seeking ISR sensors for high-speed, high-altitude platforms

By Shelley K. Mesch / December 4, 2023 at 3:22 PM

The Air Force is seeking sensors that can perform intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions at high speeds and high altitudes.

The sensors would need to operate at altitudes above 60,000 feet and at high speeds, though specific speeds were not included in the request for information released Friday.

The service expects to run exercises and test events with the technology through fiscal year 2029.

The Air Force is looking for both geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) and signals intelligence (SIGINT) sensors.

GEOINT sensors would need a digital zoom capability of eight times or more and should have a Laser Ranger Finder able to differentiate targets in inclement weather or low visibility.

SIGINT sensors would need to be able to detect and capture eight or more channels of electronic and communications signals and collect information from multiple targets.

All sensors would need to be able to interface with current line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight datalinks, be loaded with and maintain mission and target profiles and be loaded with mission parameters ahead of missions or through in-flight data links, according to the post.