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EMARSS shifts from Army ISR office to aviation

Oct. 2, 2013 - 03:45AM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
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Responsibility for the U.S. Army’s Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS) has been transferred to the Program Executive Office for Aviation (PEO Aviation’s) Fixed Wing Project Office.

Previously, the project was managed by the Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors and the Project Manager for Airborne Reconnaissance Exploitation Systems (PM ARES).

EMARSS, which aims to convert commercial aircraft into military reconnaissance platforms, will see aircraft sustainment and integration under the Fixed Wing Project Office, while PM ARES will oversee the sensor mission equipment package and the processing, exploitation and dissemination architecture.

The transfer was spurred by an October 2011 directive by the U.S. Army Acquisition Executive that mandated all manned fixed-wing aircraft be transferred to PEO Aviation for standardization in safety, airworthiness certification and maintenance.

EMARSS is the last ISR program to transfer to PEO Aviation.

“Just as that ISR program helps to keep our ground troops safe, the Fixed Wing Project Office will provide a safe platform through airworthiness assessments and certifications,” said Maj. Gen. William Crosby, the program executive officer for aviation.

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