EMARSS Airborne Intelligence Program

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    Boeing was awarded the contract for the program over L-3, Lockheed Martin, and Northrup Grumman.

    Provides a persistent, airborne multi-intelligence capability to detect, locate, classify, identify and track targets in day or night, near-all-weather conditions with a high degree of timeliness and accuracy.


    The Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS) contributes to the airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) coverage that brigade combat teams (BCTs) require to be successful across the range of military operations and especially in irregular warfare operations. These capabilities include an electro-optical/infrared high definition full motion video sensor, geospatial intelligence sensors, and measures and signature intelligence sensors, all supported by line-of-sight and beyond line-of-sight communications and hosted on a manned, medium-altitude derivative of the commercial Hawker-Beechcraft King Air 350ER aircraft.


    EMARSS platforms contain a tailored set of Distributed Common Ground System–Army (DCGS-A)-enabled software and ISR processing software functionalities to process, exploit and rapidly disseminate the intelligence information derived from each sensor package. The on-board intelligence operators release time-sensitive information directly to the supported BCT and subordinate units, and to the DCGS-A, enabling tactical ground forces to operate at their highest potential. EMARSS complies with the DOD Information Technology Standards Registry and the Defense Information Systems Network. This architecture permits interoperability with any multi-service or joint system that complies with DOD-standard formats for data transfer and dissemination.

    The EMARSS program will have four variants; EMARSS-S, EMARSS-G, EMARSS-M, and EMARSS-V. Each variant comes equipped with different mission equipment packages that support the overall EMARSS mission.

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