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Aerial Common Sensor Program Evolving

NEWTOWN, Conn. --- The Aerial Common Sensor (ACS) program is evolving from a next-generation, multi-discipline, multi-sensor, expensive solution to an incremental, layered, risk-averse approach. One part of the re-scoped ACS program is the Enhanced Medium-Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS).

A U.S. Army pre-solicitation notice defined the EMARSS as a manned Airborne Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (AISR) system that provides a persistent capability to detect, locate, classify/identify, and track surface targets day and night, under almost all weather conditions with a high degree of timeliness and accuracy. It is considered to be an advanced version of the MARSS (Multi-sensor Airborne Reconnaissance and Surveillance System) aircraft that are currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The EMARSS is equipped with an electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) full- motion video sensor, communications intelligence (COMINT), aerial precision guidance (APG) systems, line-of-site (LOS) tactical and beyond-LOS communications suites, two operator workstations, and a self-protection suite.

In December 2009, the Army issued a pre-solicitation notice for comments on the EMARSS program draft. The Army will release the final Request for Proposals for EMARSS after the Material Development Decision (MDD) review has been completed, which is expected shortly.

The U.S. Army is looking to buy approximately 36 EMARSS platforms. The pre-solicitation notice states that the first four EMARSS will be delivered within 18 months of contract award.


Forecast International prepares a market intelligence report on the ACS program that is part of the Electronics Systems service. An updated version of the report will be available shortly.

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ACS Program Rescope Leads to Less Risky EMARSS Platform