A new integrated aerial situational awareness system has been developed by AAI and L-3 Communication Systems to support the US Army’s datalink for manned or unmanned systems (DMS).

The system integrates reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition (RSTA) information across multiple airborne assets.

The installation-ready system uses Textron Systems subsidiary AAI’s one system remote video terminal (OSRVT) command-and-control architecture and L-3’s communications components.

The system was demonstrated for the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter by the US Army aviation applied technology directorate.

The system is operated on a dedicated onboard computer and transceiver subsystem, which is integrated into the existing cockpit displays and interfaces.

The system received unmanned aircraft video across multiple radio frequency bands, transmitted video and telemetry data to ground-based OSRVT terminals, and shared aircraft sensor video between the Kiowa and Apache helicopters.