Manned ISR Aircraft System

GA-ASI’s Manned Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Aircraft System is adaptable as a general purpose ISR platform for a varied number of possible users. The overall system consists of an ISR aircraft (King Air based platform) with an Integrated Mission Sensor Payload (IMSP) sensor suite, fixed and mobile (man-portable) video terminals, and includes technical documentation and training.

The ISR system is equipped to provide maximum situational awareness. Its IMSP airborne sensor suite consists of the Lynx® Multi-mode Radar, an Electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) camera turret, a high-bandwidth Tactical Data Link (TDL), a Sensor Operator Console (SOC) with dual flat panel monitors, and Claw® integrated sensor payload control and analysis software package. Other sensor systems, including maritime radars, Communications Intelligence (COMINT) and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) systems, and Line-of-Sight (LOS) and Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLOS) data links can be integrated as well.

The system provides ISR for troop protection, border monitoring, and vital infrastructure protection through a field-proven airborne data linked Synthetic Aperture Radar/Ground Moving Target Indicator (SAR/GMTI) and EO/IR sensor system capable of supporting multi-mission needs. A single payload operator acquires the native ISR data that is linked via an L-3 T-Series Model-N Airborne Data Link (ADL) operating in the Ku band to Fixed Ground Stations (FGSs) and remote video terminals. All sensor and data link operations are controlled by the GA-ASI’s window-based Claw application.

The combat-proven ISR systems utilized on GA-ASI’s manned solution have been exported and are deployed throughout the world.


  • State-of-the art Hawker Beechcraft King Air aircraft equipped for ISR missions
  • Lynx Multi-mode Radar provides wide-area search in all-weather/day-night conditions
  • High-performance, high-reliability, compact EO/IR sensors provide dynamic video capability
  • Claw mission management software package provides payload control, image exploitation and data mining capability, and allows for spiral upgrades of future payloads
  • Mission-proven TDL permits simultaneous transmission of video, discreet voice communications, aircraft telemetry, and SAR/GMTI data from the aircraft to the FGS
  • SOC delivers an advanced, fully integrated, compact, and ergonomically-tuned workstation