Defense Systems Digest

14 SEPTEMBER 2021

Featured Technical Inquiry

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) for Maritime Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR)

The Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC) was asked to search for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) that perform Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) maritime missions. A set of parameters was given to DSIAC staff to limit the results, although this search was non-exhaustive and UASs that do not meet all parameters are included. UASs included in this report have two or more of the following parameters: military use, produced in the U.S., payload capabilities up to 50 pounds, endurance minimum of six hours, range minimum of 230 miles, and use of heavy fuel. UASs used for maritime ISR missions are critical to United States (U.S.) military and the Department of Defense (DoD) to provide early warnings of enemy threats and to support ongoing U.S. military and DoD missions. ISR missions can provide signals, intelligence and electronic warfare processing, analysis, and reporting capabilities, while also allowing communications between submerged maritime vehicles and a UAS.

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Thomas Bezanson

Sr. Systems Engineer, CCDC C5ISR

I have worked in satellite communications for over 35 years, with the last 14 years for government vendors and directly for the U.S. Army C5ISR and Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC). At the SMDC Technical Center, I support the Joint Warfighter by providing
science, technology, and test and evaluation (T&E) expertise to enable Warfighter dominance today and in the future by conducting research and prototyping in support of the U.S. Army’s tactical space strategy. I evaluate current capabilities, develop emerging applications, and perform T&E of Army Futures Command technologies in support of various system integration laboratory environments

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