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CHELMSFORD, Mass., May 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY), announced that it was selected by the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to provide computer hardware and services for the Continuous Look Attack Management for Predator(CLAMP) Program. The goal of CLAMP is to develop and transition advanceds ensor exploitation capabilities to the Long-Endurance Predator Unmanned AirVehicle (UAV).
CLAMP is the first U.S. Air Force program to undertake Mercury's ARIES(Airborne Reconnaissance Image Exploitation System) concept, in which airborne multi-sensor platforms will utilize stored sensor data for comparative purposes. ARIES is a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) adjunct processor that is designed to facilitate the migration of ground-based algorithms to the platform, adjacent to the sensor and with direct access to original sensor data, so that image exploitation can occur in real time.
As the Predator UAV flies and collects data over a designated area for hours at a time, the multi-look, multi-sensor nature of its mission can be fully exploited. "The ability to store, retrieve, and process sensor data over a long period of time will enable warfighters to detect changes in tactical conditions," said Brian Hoerl , Vice President of Worldwide Sales for the Defense business at Mercury. "This will allow them to pinpoint attacks oravoid dangerous situations, which will greatly enhance the potential for saving time and lives."
In addition, CLAMP will combine other selected technologies in asystematic approach to enable the Predator UAV to fulfill its Hunter-Killerrole with improved reliability and reduced collateral damage.
ARIES represents the convergence of three rapidly evolving technologies: low-power, lightweight, high-performance computers; high-capacity, compact storage devices; and sensor exploitation algorithms. This convergence will enable the automation of battlefield information processing, which in turn will reduce analysts' workload and accelerate sensor-to-shooter information flow. The deployment of ARIES will facilitate best-of-breed algorithms and is consistent with the key tenets of Network Centric Warfare in turning airborne platforms into Information Servers.