A team composed of L3Harris Technologies, Leidos and MAG Aerospace will compete for a U.S. Army program to develop a fleet of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft to gather operational intelligence against the country’s adversaries.
Melbourne, Florida-based L3Harris said Monday it will lead the industry team for the Army’s High Accuracy Detection and Exploitation System program, which seeks to equip Bombardier Global 6500 business jets with deep-sensing platforms to support combatant commands and advance the military branch’s long-range precision fires modernization effort.
Tim Freeman, senior vice president and airborne solutions operations manager at Leidos, said the company will bring to the team its expertise in aircraft modifications, open architecture and mission package integration and experience in operating special mission aircraft for the Airborne Reconnaissance and Targeting Multi-Mission Intelligence System program.
Matt Bartlett, president of MAG Aerospace, said the company will contribute its experience and knowledge in delivering multidomain ISR systems to the military branch as reflected by the award of the Army Theater Level High Altitude Expeditionary Next Airborne ISR Radar contract.
MAG Aerospace works with L3Harris on the Army’s ATHENA-R program.
L3Harris is developing prototype electronic and communications intelligence sensors under the second phase of the Army’s Multi-Domain Sensing System program, which seeks to integrate such sensors onto the HADES platform.
Jason Lambert, president of ISR at L3Harris, said the team will support HADES by building on the team’s years of investment in developing and operating the service’s concept of operations for multidomain missions.