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BIRD to enhance capabilities of ASIO-equipped aircraft

3rd August 2018 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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BIRD Aerosystems has received a contract to enhance operational capabilities of the current fleet of Airborne Surveillance, Intelligence and Observation (ASIO) solution-equipped aircraft of a South American customer, the company announced on 1 August.

The contract will see the company enhance the operational capabilities of the fleet of aircraft which is currently in service, enabling them to conduct more effective operations with improved connectivity and data sharing within the task force.

The operational enhancements will include an upgrade of company’s mission management system to enable enhanced mission sensor operations, precise tracking of suspected targets and the use of advanced mission management algorithms which altogether are expected to further reduce the operator workload during the mission and to enable a more effective mission.

The upgrade will also enhance the satellite communication (SATCOM) utilisation of the system, enabling the communication via SATCOM to transfer system data dynamically as well as high-resolution videos.

Additionally, BIRD Aerosystems will add advanced task force C2 capability to one of the customer's ASIO aircraft, enabling high-level commanders onboard the aircraft to fully command over the task force missions from the air while also communicating in real time with the ground teams and the headquarters.  

The C2-enabled aircraft will further enhance customer mission effectiveness by providing real-time situational awareness and decision making to both commanders in the field and onboard the aircraft.

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