L3-Air Tractor Partnership Offers ISR Aircraft Compatibility With BAE Sensor Tech

Air Tractor and L3 Technologies have updated a joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and light strike aircraft offering to support compatibility with a suite of BAE System-built sensors.

The AT-802L Longsword platform can now accommodate BAE’s COBRA signals intelligence and electronic warfare sensor technologies on a wing station pod or in an inboard system, L3 said Monday.

BAE designed COBRA with an open architecture and a multiprotocol, software-based system.

Longsword, which holds Federal Aviation Administration and military type certificates, is built to support intelligence missions as well as conventional military and law enforcement operations.

L3 incorporates a glass cockpit, 3D autopilot and the company’s ForceX Widow mission management system into the ISR and light-attack aircraft.

The Widow software works to combine input from the WESCAM MX-15 electro-optical/infrared sensor, Horizon TechnologiesFlyingFish XPOD satellite phone monitoring system and ThalesI-Master Radar.

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