November 9, 2007 BAE Systems will head-up the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Autonomous Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance Imaging System (ARGUS-IS) program after the company received an $18.5 million contract to develop a new class of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) technology.

To be applied on both unmanned and manned surveillance platforms, ISR capabilities will be developed for wide-area persistent monitoring that can continuously detect and track the presence and motion of thousands of small or large targets over tens of square miles.


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The objectives of the program are to demonstrate real-time surveillance systems that incorporate compact size, a multi-gigapixel, high-resolution sensor; wide-field optics; ultra-high-bandwidth, airborne processing and a ground station for interactive multi-target designation, tracking, and exploitation.

According to Dr. John Antoniades, director of remote sensing technologies for BAE Systems’ Advanced Technologies group: “The ARGUS program will provide a sorely needed, persistent, and robust surveillance capability for many existing ISR airborne platforms.”

“This next generation of real-time surveillance systems will increase wide-area, high-resolution collection capabilities by one to two orders of magnitude over current airborne assets,” said Dr. Steven Wein, director of optical sensor systems for BAE Systems.