UAV Systems for IED Detection

TSC supports the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Rapid Reaction Office and the Joint IED De­feat Office (JIEDDO) in their mission to counter the increasing use and lethality of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) in Iraq and Afghanistan by implementing rapid development and fielding of new technology solutions to quickly reduce the IED threat to US and coalition forces as well as to civilian populations. To date, several novel radar and electro-optic technolo­gies have been successfully combined with runway-independent, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to provide effective and low-cost route surveillance and clearance capabilities. Both engineering test collections and in-theater operations have shown that these new sensor capabilities can significantly improve IED detection and false alarm performance.

We support responses to Warfighter Joint Urgent Operational Need re­quests for rapid technology development and de­ployment solutions for emerging IED technology, tactics, and capabilities for route surveillance and clearance operations. These projects include radar payload design and evaluation, real-time data exploitation and sensor fusion algorithm development, integration of sensors with au­tonomous vehicles, and development of several UAV sensor systems capable of providing a scalable, economy of force solution for theater-wide counter-IED operations.

In addition to C-IED, TSC has a demonstrated capability for leading-edge payload design, integration, testing, and operational deployment of small UAV platforms in support of urgent Combatant Command requests.  This includes managing system development across a broad class of UAVs ranging from hand-launched to 300 lb Gross Take Off Weight and for multiple payloads (Radar, EO/IR, ELINT/SIGINT, Electronic Warfare, and Communications).
TSC’s efforts received the AFRL-wide award for External Mission Support and have been presented to the National Academy of Sciences Subcommittees on Counter-IED and Persistent Surveillance.