The Redridge II quick reaction capability is an airborne intelligence collection system that conducts signals intelligence (SIGINT) and provides full-motion video. This system provides the commander with an intelligence collection capability that accurately detects, identifies, and reports signals of interest in near real time.
The government-owned/contractor-operated Redridge II system consists of a Beechcraft King Air A-200T (C-12 equivalent) aircraft fitted with a SIGINT package, including direction finding, COMINT intercept, and signals exploitation, as well as an L-3 MX-15i electro-optical/infra-red sensor.
The initial Redridge system (sometimes written "Red Ridge") and the follow-on Redridge II were initially deployed to the Operation Enduring Freedom area of operations. As of 2008, Redridge was the primary theater-level SIGINT asset available in the Operation Enduring Freedom area of operations. As of June 2010, Redridge II was fielded as a quick reaction capability niche system deployed in the US Central Command (CENTCOM) area of operations.
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