C-130J ISR system delivered to US Air Force
Lockheed Martin has delivered an airborne signals intelligence system configured specifically for the newest C-130J aircraft to the US Air Force. According to the company, the system, is part of the Senior Scout programme that enables C-130 aircraft to be used for tactical signals intelligence and reconnaissance.
Senior Scout is an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) system built into a trailer-like container that can be rolled on and off C-130 aircraft. This ISR suite of equipment rapidly configures standard C-130 aircraft for tactical signals intelligence, providing capabilities that exploit, geo-locate and report communications intelligence and signals of interest to air and ground component commanders.
According to Lockheed Martin, the latest Senior Scout shelter was enhanced to be structurally compatible with the newest C-130J aircraft, in addition to undergoing system upgrades. System interfaces were updated, and the shelter was equipped with the latest technology enhancements and improvements for maintenance access. The shelter also defines the design that will be used to upgrade the three legacy shelters over the next 24 months to ensure the entire Senior Scout fleet is C-130J compatible.
The system is due to undergo acceptance testing in December.
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