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Dynamic Aviation Group to provide US Army with six new DHC 8-315 ISR aircraft

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World Aviation Defense & Security News - Dynamic Aviation Group
 
 
Dynamic Aviation Group to provide US Army with six new DHC 8-315 ISR aircraft
 
Dynamic Aviation Group, Bridgewater, Virginia, was awarded a $39,218,969 firm-fixed-price contract to purchase of six DHC 8-315 aircraft from de Havilland Canada in the Saturn Arch and Desert Owl configuration. This new batch of ISR aircraft will be used by the US Army. Work will be performed in Bridgewater, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of July 17, 2015.
     
Dynamic Aviation Group, Bridgewater, Virginia, was awarded a $39,218,969 firm-fixed-price contract to purchase of six DHC 8-315 aircraft from de Havilland Canada in the Saturn Arch and Desert Owl configuration. This new batch of ISR aircraft will be used by the US Army. Work will be performed in Bridgewater, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of July 17, 2015.
US Army's DHC 8-311 Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft
     
Both the Desert Owl and Saturn Arch programmes use airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) sensors, fitted to a variety of aircraft, to identify and assist with the removal of IEDs from the battlefield.

The aerial component of Saturn Arch program is meant to detect subtle changes in the landscape. By comparing such changes with existing geospatial data, likely IED placements are spotted. Saturn Arch has been made an enduring program as its services have been transferred from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command.

Desert Owl is an airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance system that can simultaneously conduct measurement and signature intelligence (MASINT) and imagery intelligence (IMINT) missions in near all-weather conditions. High-quality synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) imagery and coherent change detection products are collected through a long-range ultra-high frequency (UHF) SAR (UHFSAR) array. By conducting multiple flights over the same area, the software produces still images that indicate changes on the ground.