Army looking to replace EMARSS airborne wide-area motion imagery sensor

By Jaspreet Gill / May 18, 2020 at 12:38 PM

The Army is seeking industry feedback on a replacement for the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System program’s imaging system.

EMARSS is the Army’s airborne intelligence and reconnaissance surveillance system that identifies and locates adversaries. The system has four variants that provide different surveillance capabilities.

A May 8 Army notice says the service is looking for non-developmental, commercial off-the-shelf replacements for the Airborne Wide Area Persistent Surveillance System and its mid-wave infrared cameras, which are used with the EMARSS-Geospatial Intelligence variant.

"Airborne wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) sensors provide a vital tool for exposing the actions and behaviors of enemy vehicles and combatants in urban, suburban and rural areas," the notice states.

The Army is looking for a replacement AWAPSS system that can provide airborne surveillance of an area centered at a geo-designated point, provide a gap-free ground coverage diameter of at least 8 kilometers, reach a groundspeed up to 240 knots and other specifications, according to the notice.

Responses are due June 8.