Raytheon has successfully demonstrated a high definition and target location accuracy sensor on the US Army’s common sensor payload (CSP) airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) targeting system, at an undisclosed location.

Developed and integrated into CSP in collaboration with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, the sensor enables combatant commanders to directly utilise the system’s geo-location data for real-time targeting of coordinate-seeking weapons in the battlefield.

Designed to meet the US Department of Defense (DoD) / National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) requirements for target location and error knowledge, the sensor also features a General Atomics-built high accuracy, advanced multi-colour diode pumped laser.

Fully compliant with DoD and NGA specific requirements for a direct geo-positioning metric sensor, the CSP sensor also offers an accurate range receiver, enhanced precision inertial sensors, advanced geo-positioning algorithms, precise internal / external event timing and rigorous error propagation for real-time targeting information generation.

"Our direct geo-positioning metric sensor technology provides a major leap in capability to the soldier with direct, real-time targeting and fire control of coordinate-seeking weapons."

Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems business surveillance and targeting systems director, Andy Bonnot, said: "Our direct geo-positioning metric sensor technology, which has now been demonstrated in CSP, provides a major leap in capability to the soldier with direct, real-time targeting and fire control of coordinate-seeking weapons."

Earlier the target coordinates and imagery from an airborne tactical sensor had to undergo a remote and time-consuming image registration process to address DoD and NGA coordinate-seeking weapons delivery requirements for real-time targeting.

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Fitted with an advanced infrared (IR) camera, colour electro-optical (EO) camera and image intensifier, the CSP is an advanced sensor, designed to help ground forces accurately assess threats and effectively engage targets.

Capable of mounting on an array of aircraft, the sensor is being manufactured by Raytheon as part of a contract awarded by the army in November 2007, with options worth up to $1.2bn.