Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Gorgon Stare gets thumbs up

The Air Force's wide-area surveillance sensor, Gorgon Stare, is performing with at least a 90 percent availability rate in Afghanistan and has been well-received by commanders in the field. "The combatant commanders love it," Lt. Gen. Larry James, the chief of USAF intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, told IHS Jane’s in an April 18 interview. More than two years ago a Department of Defense report blasted the Sierra Nevada-made sensor, intended to provide 'city-size' images taken twice per second. It received a poor operational assessment from testers at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: IHS Jane’s, 04/30/13) Previous