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EMARSS Aircraft Begin Flight Tests

Aug. 19, 2013 - 03:45AM   |  
By Michael Peck   |   Comments
Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System aircraft are designed to detect, locate, identify and track surface targets, day or night, in almost any weather conditions.
Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System aircraft are designed to detect, locate, identify and track surface targets, day or night, in almost any weather conditions. (Beverly Nowak/Boeing)
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Two Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS) aircraft have been flown to Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland for tests of their target-tracking capabilities. The Boeing aircraft will undergo mission system calibration and testing before being delivered to the Army.

The EMARSS aircraft are Beechcraft King Air 350ER twin turborprop planes equipped to detect and identify surface targets. The aircraft’s elaborate sensor suite includes electro-optical and infrared, communications intelligence and aerial geolocation capabilities, as well as Distributed Common Ground Station-Army workstations.

Boeing is building four engineering and manufacturing development aircraft for the program, which will later be upgraded to normal operational capability.

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