The Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis system's gimbal, the visible part of the airborne component of the COBRA system. (Navy)
ArÍte Associates has been awarded a $10.2 million U.S. Navy contract to support the Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) program.
COBRA is aimed at developing sensors for "unmanned aerial tactical reconnaissance in the littoral battlespace for detection and localization of minefields and obstacles in the surf zone and beach zone prior to an amphibious assault," according to the Navy's description. The sensors will be carried on MQ-8B Fire Scout vertical takeoff UAV that will launch from Littoral Combat Ships (LCS).
The COBRA Block I system consists of two airborne payloads, the Post Mission Analysis (PMA) station, and the Tactical Control System segment for the Fire Scout's Ground Control Station . The GCS will use the TCS software, to plan flight paths and monitor sorties.
COBRA began as a Marine Corps advanced technology demonstration program in the 1990s before being handed over to the Navy in 2004 as a detection capability for the Assault Breaching Systems program. Cobra Block I went into the Milestone C production and deployment phase in 2009.