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Airborne Reconnaissance Multi-sensor System (ARMS)
Horned Owl

The Airborne Reconnaissance Multi-sensor System (ARMS; also referred to as the Aerial Reconnaissance Multi-sensor System or Horned Owl) is a manned aerial collection systems that perform signals intercept, direction finding, precision location, day and night full-motion video, and wide area high-resolution still imagery. ARMS can simultaneously conduct signals intelligence (SIGINT) collection and real-time electronic order of battle, provide electro-optical/infra-red full-motion video, and collect high-resolution color still imagery. The high-resolution imagery collected on ARMS is stored onboard the aircraft and disseminated and analyzed post-mission.

The ARMS system provides the commander with a multi-intelligence collection capability to accurately detect, identify, and report threat targets in near real-time. The system consists of a Beechcraft B-200 (C-12 equivalent) aircraft fitted with an L-3 MX-15i electro-optical/infra-red sensor, a COMINT and ELINT intercept capability, and PeARL digital framing camera.

The ARMS concept initially began in the late 1990's with the US Army in Bosnia as a means of gathering electro-optical/infrared data, as well as facilitating command and control functions. The ARMS program further developed and deployed as a quick reaction capability to Iraq to support counter-IED operations.

On 8 September 2006, the Sierra Nevada Corporation of Hagerstown, Maryland was awarded a $7,433,300 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Airborne Reconnaissance Multi-Sensor Quick Reaction Capability Systems. Work would be performed in Hagerstown, Maryland and was expected to be completed by 26 February 2007. Contract funds would not expire at the end of the existing fiscal year. This was a sole source contract initiated on 29 August 2006. The US Army Communications-Electronics Command at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey was the contracting activity.

On 4 May 2007, the Sierra Nevada Corporation of Hagerstown, Maryland was awarded a $12,659,719 modification to a firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for airborne reconnaissance multi-sensor and medium altitude reconnaissance and surveillance systems. Work would be performed in Hagerstown, Maryland and was expected to be completed by 31 July 2007. Contract funds would not expire at the end of the existing fiscal year. This was a sole source contract initiated on 29 August 2006. The US Army Communications-Electronics Command at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey was the contracting activity.

The system was utilized initially in the Operation Iraqi Freedom area of operations. As of June 2010, ARMS was fielded as a quick reaction capability niche system deployed in the Central Command area of operations.




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