AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems and KOR Electronics Defense Solution announced April 11 a strategic alliance that combines AAIâ€™s expertise as a UAS systems integrator with KORâ€™s signals intelligence equipment.
AAI UAS is an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. company, and KOR Electronics Defense Solutions is a subsidiary of Mercury Computer Systems.
The organizations intend to integrate KORâ€™s SIGINT products, focused on expeditionary tactical unmanned aircraft such as AAIâ€™s renowned Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System, as a new addition to AAIâ€™s family of Multi-Mission Payloads.
Each modular MMP â€œpodâ€ can be attached quickly to the Shadow aircraft to equip it for the mission at hand.
â€œThis technology provides war fighters actionable, time-sensitive data on the capabilities and activities of their adversaries,â€ said Steven Reid, senior VP and general manager of AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems. â€œEquipping our Shadow aircraft – a trusted and omnipresent asset for so many U.S. and allied customers – for this collection
mission can help deliver intelligence fast, and to a broader array of deployed forces and formations.â€
â€œDuring the process of evaluating initial alliance partners, KOR recognized that AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems was a market leader in UAS design, development, production and support, and that the Shadow Tactical UAS is ideally suited for KORâ€™s market-leading SIGINT precision location capability,â€ said KOR Electronics President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Carnino. â€œKORâ€™s precision location capability, coupled with the Shadow aircraftâ€™s existing electro-optic/infrared sensor, will significantly improve the find, fix and finish timeline and enhance the utility of the Shadow systemâ€™s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance role.â€