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Airborne Reconnaissance Low (ARL)

AN/ASQ-216 Airborne Reconnaissance Low - COMINT (ARL-C)
Crazy Panther

The Airborne Reconnaissance Low - COMINT (ARL-C) system, designated as AN/ASQ-216 and also known as Crazy Panther, was one of 2 separate systems initially developed to meet US Southern Command's requirements. The ARL-C system had a high-frequency, very-high frequency (VHF), and ultrahigh frequency (UHF) direction-finding (DF) capability controlled by 4 onboard operator stations. Dissemination was through secure UHF (line-of-sight and SATCOM) or VHF-frequency modulation communications, or in the post-mission downloads of COMINT data. The system was mounted on a specially configured DeHavilland Canada DHC-7 aircraft, designated the EO-5B.

In October 2003, Product Manager Airborne Reconnaissance Low (PM ARL) sought sources and information for contractor logistics support of the prime mission equipment associated with the ARL-C aircraft. Contractor logistics support would include all supplies, mission related consumable materials, and services necessary to maintain the system. The overall ARL prime mission equipment consisted of all prime and subsystem electronics, to include, but not be limited to, Imagery Intelligence (IMINT), Moving Target Indicator (MTI) Radar, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), Communications, and Communications Intelligence (COMINT), Government Furnished Property (GFP) voice communications transceivers installed in the mission racks, GFP Remote Control Units (RCUs) installed in cockpit, interfaces to COMSEC/CCI and mission antennas (including interfaces to PME antennas; assistance shall be provided to aircraft CLS maintainer with antenna replacement and repair).




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