ITT Introduces New Sensor Architecture Supporting Wide Area Airborne Surveillance (WAAS) Capabilities

ITT has developed a Wide Area Airborne Surveillance (WAAS) sensor architecture enabling the warfighter to access collection of data from multiple sources. The company is also presenting a new day/night WAAS W turret sensor designed to operate with the new architecture. The new sensor generates multiple, simultaneous high resolution views of specific region across the payload's widest footprint, enabling users to track multiple targets in different parts of the field of view. The system enables the user to instantly obtain high resolution, detailed images sufficient to track dismounts.


The primary sensor is a 160 megapixel imaging sensor coupled with a fixed optical lens supporting wide field of view coverage in day and night). This sensor captures high resolution images at a rate of two frames per second. A mid-wave infrared 64 Megapixel sensor also scans a fixed field of view at a rate of 'multi frames per second', according to ITT. Weighing 144 kg (317 lbs) including all peripherals, the new payload is gyro stabilized in five axes, maintaining an accuracy of 2 micro-radians RMS. With outer diameter is 63 cm (24.8") the WAAS W is sized and designed to be compatible with manned aircraft and large unmanned platforms.

The new architecture supports instant playback and forensic review of data, 'progressive image streaming' facilitating rapid delivery of motion video and high resolution images, eliminating lengthy waiting for image download on low bandwidth uses. The system supports low bandwidths under 10 Mb/sec and up to full Common Datalink (CDL) speed of over 200 Mb/sec.


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