During the US Army’s late spring Directed Energy Manoeuvre-Short Range Air Defense (DE M-SHORAD) Combat Shoot-Off (CSO), soldiers at Fort Sill operated BlueHalo’s DE M-SHORAD Independent Target Acquisition and Tracking System (ITATS). The system successfully demonstrated the capability to provide independent precision cues, illumination, and identification to facilitate the kill-chain against multiple threats in real-world conditions, according to the BlueHalo press release. BlueHalo performed this work as a subcontractor to KBR’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Kord, the prime contractor for the Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office’s DE M-SHORAD program.
The performance of BlueHalo’s DE M-SHORAD ITATS demonstrates the company’s commitment to soldier-centred design. The system combines precision optical hardware with advanced software, algorithms, and processing to enable the directed energy kill-chain, which includes tracking, identifying, and engaging a wide variety of targets.
BlueHalo’s mature ITATS solution provides proven ‘laser quality’ precision electro-optic/infrared, pointing, tracking, identification, designation, and cueing against a wide variety of threats such as Unmanned Aerial Systems and Rockets, Artillery and Mortar,” said Jonathan Moneymaker, BlueHalo Chief Executive Officer.
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