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Northrop’s HART Allows Information Distribution to the Battlefield

by: Matthew Potter
July 27, 2010

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Northrop Grumman (NOC) a contract to continue further development of their Heterogeneous Airborne Reconnaissance Team (HART) system. The contract has a value of just over $46 million.

HART is a system installed on Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platforms that allows the sending of video feed to a hand held device used by ground troops. The idea is that the troops can ask for either live or historical video and imagery of the local area to aid them in developing situational awareness and engaging the enemy.

The HART program is more then a system on an individual Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) but allows the control and linking of several platforms. These can be directed to collect data or provide the historical data.

This type of program continues to illustrate the advantages and force multiplier that UAV’s and data networks provide the U.S. military. The way HART is configured it speeds up the delivery of requested information by making it go directly from the collection system to the user. In the past while imagery could be collected by aircraft, UAV and other systems there was a period of time when it was analyzed, exploited and disseminated. A system like HART minimizes that time period.

As these kind of systems get more sophisticated, robust and available the amount of intelligence to aid combat operations at the pointy-tip of the spear is not only increased but the quality is much higher. This becomes a significant combat enhancement for the U.S. and its military.

Photo from Sugarmonster’s flickr photostream.

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