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U.S. Navy Wants More ‘Kestrel’ Surveillance Systems

Logos Technologies Gets $111.8M Contract

The U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded a $111.8 million contract to Logos Technologies to develop an additional 22 Kestrel, wide-area surveillance systems to support U.S. forces.
Designed for use on a tethered blimp, the Kestrel can scan many miles simultaneously for 360 degrees, either in daylight or darkness, providing additional security for troops, especially at forward operating bases, Logos Technologies says.
Greg Poe, CEO of Logos Technologies, says the system is responsible for “providing our forces with greater situational awareness.”
The contract calls for the delivery of 20 systems and spare parts, as well as two units for testing and upgrading. In addition, the company will provide operational, logistical and analytical support through 2013. “This new contract will extend that protection to more bases, and ultimately, more troops,” Poe explained.
Kestrel enables operators to simultaneously track and record multiple targets in medium-resolution or it can also cue full motion video (FMV) sensors for higher resolution imaging, Logos say. The surveillance system can also be programmed for autonomous monitoring.
Kestrel “can track multiple targets in real time and record activity for up to 30 days,” said David Luber, Kestrel program manager. That enables “an operator to uncover a whole enemy network.”
Kestrel is currently employed on both the Persistent Threat Detection System and Persistence Ground Surveillance System in Afghanistan. It also has homeland security applications, such as border patrol or counter-trafficking, according to Logos Technologies.