BlueHalo’s DE M-SHORAD Target Acquisition and Tracking System Successfully Demonstrated by Army
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – During the U.S. Army’s late spring Directed Energy Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense (DE M-SHORAD) Combat Shoot-Off (CSO), soldiers at Fort Sill operated BlueHalo’s DE M-SHORAD Independent Target Acquisition and Tracking System (ITATS). The system successfully demonstrated the capability to provide independent precision cues, illumination, and identification to facilitate the kill chain against multiple threats in real-world conditions. BlueHalo performed this work as a subcontractor to KBR’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Kord, the prime contractor for the Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office’s DE M-SHORAD program.
The performance of BlueHalo’s DE M-SHORAD ITATS demonstrates the company’s commitment to soldier-centered design. The system combines precision optical hardware with advanced software, algorithms, and processing to enable and enhance the directed energy “kill chain,” which includes tracking, identifying, and engaging a wide variety of targets.
“BlueHalo’s mature ITATS solution provides proven ‘laser quality’ precision electro-optic/infrared, pointing, tracking, identification, designation, and cueing against a wide variety of threats such as Unmanned Aerial Systems and Rockets, Artillery and Mortar,” said Jonathan Moneymaker, BlueHalo Chief Executive Officer. “Even more impressive is the fact that it does this while also serving as a highly capable Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance data collection and discrimination asset.”
“Our ITATS is a key component of BlueHalo’s LOCUST family of products that leverage decades of experience on a wide variety of Directed Energy Weapon (DEW) programs, dating back to the Airborne Laser (ABL), Airborne Tactical Laser (ATL), and High Energy Laser Mobile demonstrator (HELMTT), as well as Raytheon’s High Energy Laser Weapon System (HELWS),” added Dan Gillings, President and General Manager of BlueHalo’s Space and Directed Energy sector. “We are thrilled that our team was a part of the successful demonstration at the Shoot-Off.”
BlueHalo is purpose-built to provide industry-leading capabilities in the domains of Space Superiority and Directed Energy, Air and Missile Defense and Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), and Cyber and Intelligence. BlueHalo focuses on inspired engineering to develop, transition, and field next-generation capabilities to solve the most complex challenges of our customer’s critical missions and reestablish our national security posture in the near-peer contested arena. www.bluehalo.com