DARPA’s Bruce Wallace to Update Industry on Cloud-Proof UAV Video RFP

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants an electronic targeting system to provide clear video imaging in heavy cloud and dust environments, NextGov reports.

The agency is accepting proposals for the system and DARPA Program Manager Bruce Wallace will update industry on what the agency wants at an April 30 meeting.

The agency is working to address the CIA’s long-term problems with visibility for unmanned aerial vehicles, specifically when drones fly into bad weather.

The system should be able to lock onto moving targets in cloudy or dusty conditions and provide similar visibility in both fair and unfavorable conditions, according to the report.

The Pentagon’s research arm also recently awarded BAE Systems a $34 million contract to develop helicopter radio and sensor systems for use in environments with reduced visibility.

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