Logos Technologies Inc. has delivered the first two Kestrel wide area persistent surveillance systems to the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).
Logos delivered the Kestrel systems to NAVAIR after successfully completing tests of the surveillance system at the Yuma, Ariz. Proving Grounds, the company says.
The Kestrel system is an aerostat-based 360-degree motion-imagery system continuously covering an expansive area consistent with airborne platforms, the company says. In addition, it increases forward operating base protection and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support to forward deployed units. The system also continuously records and stores the entire field of view for in-depth forensic analysis, Logos says.
The systems are being added as payloads to the “persistent threat detection system” (PTDS) and “persistent ground surveillance system” (PGSS) aerostats. Kestrel enables operators using multiple viewer windows, watch-box trigger alerts, digital zoom and sensor cross-cueing to track and locate activities of interest.
“It is deeply satisfying to provide the power of Kestrel’s persistent surveillance solution to our war fighters,” said David Luber, Logos’ program manager. Kestrel surveillance systems are “going to explosively expand the soldier’s situational awareness of the activity surrounding” a forward operating base, he added.
The Kestrel 360 degree sensor and companion ground processing station have been successfully integrated with the PTDS aerostat command center and will be deployed to theater in late summer 2011. Logos Technologies is currently developing “electro-optical/infra-red” (EO/IR) Kestrel systems for delivery to NAVAIR in the fall of 2011.
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