"DSTO are continually improving and developing new tracking and radar systems, and this project is all about putting this technology to the test in an aircraft to see how it performs in the field on operation," Hill added.
The ISR testbed will allow the DSTO to explore and evaluate radar, infrared, and optical sensor modes and applications for the Orion replacement, Dr.
As part of the initiative, a digital model of the SIRFC was integrated into a Blackhawk helicopter simulator at the DSTO
's Air Operations Simulation Centre (Melbourne, Australia) last year.
The Experimental [C.sup.3]I Technology Environment (EXC3ITE) is a capability and technology demonstrator under the DSTO's Takari Program, an integrated research and development effort designed to provide the Australian Defence Forces with the capability to fight and win information-based warfare.
At the same time, the DSTO is also seeking more efficient ways of delivering functionality to users by exploiting advances in technology, particularly in the areas of distributed computer systems and wideband-communications systems.