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Beyond Line of Sight Combat Identification (BLOS)


 

The Technology

The Beyond Line of Sight Combat ID System combines sensors and CID technology to enable a UAV to detect, locate, identify, and label targets in a highly dynamic environment and report the results to the ground control operator and other users quickly.

SARA developed the integrated payload architecture that combines its unique LOSAS passive acoustic sensors with a gimbal-mounted camera and a radio-based combat identification (RBCI) system based on the SINCGARS ASIP radio.

The LOSAS sensors provide wide area detection of acoustic sources such as heavy vehicles, aircraft, and weapons fire and can be used to cue the EO/IR camera or the RBCI system.

SARA’s BLOS CID Scout system simulation/ground display software provides the system operator data displays and system controls.

BLOS CID Scout
The BLOS CID Scout UAV enhances battlefield situational awareness and reduces risk of fratricide.

The BLOS CID UAV electronics suite includes target-detection and imaging sensors (acoustics and video/infrared cameras) to provide non-cooperative identification data, [and?] a “Question and Answer” system to provide cooperative identification data.

A robust digital datalink allows the UAV to transmit detection and identification data to the ground display/controller.

The BLOS CID ground display combines the UAV data with intelligence information on a geo-registered, interactive mission map to provide battlefield situational awareness.

The Applications

Provides non-cooperative identification data and a “Question and Answer” system to cooperative identification data.

Combines UAV data with intelligence information on a geo-registered, interactive mission map to provide battlefield situational awareness.

BLOS Demo
BLOS CID was demonstrated on the L-3 Comm. BAI Aerosystems Tern UAV

The Advantages

LOSAS sensors provide wide area detection of acoustic sources (heavy vehicles, aircraft, and weapons fire) and can be used to cue the EO/IR camera or the RBCI system.

Provides the system operator with data displays and system controls.

Allows the operator to customize the display to meet mission requirements or personal preferences.

The primary mission window displays target detection, UAV position, and other situational awareness data on an interactive geo-referenced map display.

Live video data can be displayed simultaneously in a separate desktop window.

Gives significant increase in the coverage area of radio-based combat identification system when using the airborne range-extension relay, even at low altitudes.