Army posts RFI for GEOINT payloads
On November 2, the U.S. Army posted a request for information (RFI) for Advanced Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Payloads for Multi-Domain Operations (MDO). Responses are due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on December 1.
The purpose of this market survey is to identify industry sources capable of providing remotely sensed, passive and/or active GEOINT payloads suitable for the demands of current and future aerial platforms operating in a peer/near-peer MDO environment.
The Concept of Operations for MDO demands increased ranges and resolutions from the capabilities fielded today. Target tracking, location, and identification requirements present in MDO all surpass current payload capacities.
Active and/or passive GEOINT sensors must support long range precision fires (LRPF) and deep sensing as articulated in the Multi Domain Sensing System (MDSS) Initial Capability Document (ICD) and the Army Futures Command (AFC) Concept for Maneuver in Multi-Domain Operations 2028 (AFC Pamphlet 71-20-1). Capabilities should consider, but not be confined to, the use of traditional line of sight visual electro-optical imagery and motion imagery technologies, operating in the visible (VIS), near-infrared (NIR), short-wave IR (SWIR), mid-wave IR (MWIR), and/or long-wave IR (LWIR) wavelengths.
Of note, peer and near-peer adversaries will employ anti-access, area denial (A2/AD) strategies, which pose a significant challenge to the current Aerial Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (AISR) fleet. The proposed solutions must integrate other system data for the purposes of accelerated tasking, queuing, image formation, and targeting. The future fight requires extended detection, recognition, and identification capabilities affording MDO-focused platforms greater stand-off from adversaries (e.g. Integrated Air Defense Systems (IADS)), yet retain the ability to designate targets for LRPF and other lethal and non-lethal effects.
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