Army’s Second High Altitude Technology Demonstrator Begins Operational Employment

By Fixed Wing Project OfficeApril 22, 2022

Airborne Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare System or ARES aircraft
Airborne Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare System or ARES aircraft (Photo Credit: US Army photo) VIEW ORIGINAL

The Army's second aerial–intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (A-ISR) demonstrator departed to the Indo-Pacific region over the weekend for demonstration and operational employment.

The business jet-based technology demonstrator for Airborne Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare System or ARES, will support real-time intelligence collection and processing, exploitation and dissemination (PED) operations while in the U.S. Army Indo-Pacific Command area of responsibility.

As a technology demonstrator with an operational mission, the ARES aircraft operates with the required range, endurance and near-peer optimized sensor suite to deliver precision sensing capabilities from extended standoff ranges.

The ARES platform is a contractor-owned, contractor-operated manned aerial –intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (A-ISR) solution managed by the Program Executive Office for Aviation's Fixed Wing Project Office.

The ARES effort will inform future sensor and system requirements for the Multi-Domain Sensing System as a part of the ongoing Campaign of Learning managed by the Army’s ISR Task Force. Real-world data will help the Army to precisely allocate sensor and platform investments for future High Accuracy Detection and Exploitation System (HADES) Program of Record.

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