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Optical Programs
L-3 Aeromet is a premier developer, integrator and operator of airborne EO InfraRed (IR) sensors systems. We design, develop, and integrate custom EO-IR systems into special mission aircraft. We also provide aircraft modification and airborne mission support. L 3 Aeromet airborne mission support covers all phases of support to include planning, logistics, mission execution, data collection, data production, and reports.

Our team of scientists, engineers, and technicians work to develop cost effective solutions for very challenging problems, including: target acquisition and tracking, data collection during all phases of missile flight, and data production.
L 3 Aeromet enjoys a unique and powerful advantage: the people who build and maintain the sensor systems work side-by-side with the mission operators and data analysts. This enables real-time assessment of systems by the entire team and continuous improvement.

ABS Program
The premier program within the Optical Programs business area is the AirBorne Sensors (ABS) program. ABS operates and maintains customer-owned airborne platforms, EO-IR sensors, and provides operations and technical expertise for missions supporting BMDS elements and technology development programs under contract to MDA Deputy for Test (DT) Directorate.

Key ABS Program activities are shown in table below.

ABS Program Activities

Provide “turnkey” solutions for airborne EO-IR data collections in support of MDA test requirements.

Maintain high technical excellence in area of airborne EO-IR sensor development and aircraft systems integration.

Perform major and minor modifications to business jet class aircraft conforming to an acceptable technical rule (FAA, MILSTD, other) for airworthiness.

Provide best value solutions to demanding customer requirements in the most cost effective manner practicable.

Execute contract through an Integrated Management System using tailored earned value management system/EIS-748 principals.

Under the ABS program, L 3 Aeromet operates the High Altitude Observatory (HALO) aircraft, currently implemented on Gulfstream IIB aircraft. The HALO aircraft are premier airborne data collection assets; designated as HALO I, HALO II, and HALO IV. The ABS program has successfully participated in well over 200 optical surveillance missions for the U.S. Department of Defense supporting BMD technology development, National Missile Defense (NMD), Theater Missile Defense (TMD) programs, and Shuttle reentry observations.

HALO I is a flying laboratory that utilizes in-house designed and built systems, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) sensors, and sensors from National Laboratories to meet mission objectives. With HALO I, we provide a quick, effective response to rapidly changing and challenging problems.

HALO II & IV, designed and built to capture data in the most stressing phases of missile flight, is flying a large 35 cm aperture open port EO IR sensor mounted in a pod on top of the aircraft. The premier system on HALO II & IV is a very sensitive long-wave infrared capability. Complementing the LWIR are very capable visible and mid-wave infrared systems.

Airborne Infrared Surveillance (AIRS)
Since program inception, the AIRS team has been investigating the utility of the HALO-II & IV Sensor in operational scenarios. The team has researched potential CONOP scenarios, cross-decking the sensor to other airframes, closing the fire control loop, algorithm development and implementation including the autonomous acquisition and tracking, object sighting messages, target state vector generation, and communication systems. With access to the ABS aircraft at L 3 Aeromet’s Tulsa headquarters, the AIRS team has the resources required to extend research models in the laboratory to ‘real-world’ proof-of-concept platforms.

Aeronautical Programs
L 3 Aeromet offers a full-range of aircraft system integration and modification capabilities specifically tailored to special mission aircraft. Aeronautical Programs builds on a long history of aircraft modification and mission support through the utilization of a robust collection of resident engineering design and science resources to develop and integrate highly technical aircraft mission system solutions. These capabilities are essential to meet the rapidly evolving requirements in OEM and government test programs. Our systems integration approach provides a full-range of aircraft system integration and modification capabilities for special mission aircraft. Our customers demand and expect a rapid response from us. We work closely with our customers to understand their mission requirements clearly, and are dedicated to finding optimum, cost-effective solutions to customer needs.

L-3 Aeromet routinely participates in the type of weapons systems research and development that requires captive flight-testing. We are typically involved throughout the captive flight testing process, from engineering development, to aircraft modifications, to flight and drop tests.

 

 

   
Last Updated 6/2/14