ARL-MAirborne Reconnaissance Low-Multifunction (US DoD)
ARL-MAdvanced Reconnaissance Low-Multifunction
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Under the terms of a $3-million contract, California Microwave will install and integrate the Wescam M-20 sensor aboard three ARL-M aircraft, along with the wideband Tactical Common Data Link, the Army's newest datalink, which allows the real-time transmission of synthetic-aperture-radar (SAR) imagery from the ARL-M (provided by a multimode, X-band SAR, produced by Raytheon).
The ARL-M, employed for airborne reconnaissance and surveillance, is fitted aboard a DeHavilland Canada RC-7B (commercial designation: DHC-7C Model 102) aircraft and consists of radar, communications-intelligence and imagery-intelligence systems.
The integration calls for a new generation of the ARL-M according to Bill Weaver, senior director of ARL program at California Microwave's Airborne Systems Integration Div.
Yet while the earlier versions of the ARL were designed to provide the Army with a flexible asset for use in a variety of applications, the ARL-M is expected to increase the service's ability to respond to rapidly evolving military or civilian situations.