Mission Director Sensors-Aerial Intelligence (PD SAI) efficiently accomplished the ultimate mission for the Saturn Arch Fast Response Functionality (QRC) plane in help of the U.S. Military Central Command (CENTCOM) on July 31. Initially developed by Joint Improved Explosive System Defeat Group (JIEDDO) to help rising quick necessities in CENTCOM to start with days of the Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) conflicts, the Saturn Arch program superior geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) capabilities included hyperspectral, electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR), and high-resolution imagery (HRI) sensors. Because the drawdown in CENTCOM occurred, the Saturn Arch sensors and plane had been slowly retrograded from theater.

“The Saturn Arch QRC program was so profitable that the Military funded it to construct as much as a fleet of 10 whole plane over the previous 10 years,” stated Michael Payne, Product Supervisor Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System. “Moreover, the Military efficiently enhanced the sensors and structure of the system to allow distant processing, exploitation, and dissemination capabilities of the hyperspectral and GEOINT information collected on the platform permitting personnel on the bottom to carry out close to real-time information evaluation enabling intelligence merchandise being extra quickly offered to the warfighter.”


The Saturn Arch accomplished its last mission in US Central Command (CENTCOM) on July 31, 2022. (Picture by U.S. Military)

For the reason that program transitioned to the Military in 2012, PD SAI has labored with the person group and companion program places of work to take care of and construct upon the extraordinarily profitable efficiency of the Saturn Arch hyperspectral and GEOINT sensor capabilities. Underneath the Military’s administration, this system proved to be some of the extremely sought-after property in CENTCOM. Saturn Arch efficiently carried out missions for greater than 10 years leading to about 72,500 mission hours flown and greater than 18,000 intelligence merchandise generated saving numerous warfighter lives. With the Military’s change in focus to Multi-Area Operation necessities, PD SAI is working with the U.S. Military Fight Capabilities Improvement Command and growth lab companion communities to transition the sensor capabilities to different efforts.

Leidos has been awarded a US$27 million contract for Saturn Arch Fast Response Functionality Plane, the US Division of Protection introduced on August 27, 2018. In 2013, Saturn Arch was tranfserred to the US Military Intelligence and Safety Command. In April 2015, the US Military ordered six new Sprint-8 to function ISR platform for Saturn Arch below a $39.2 mn contract awarded to Dynamic Aviation Group. The Dynamic Aviation Group already offered the U.S. Military with 30 ISR plane, together with no less than 4 Sprint-8-300s in both Saturn Arch or Desert Owl configuration. Saturn Arch plane are all fitted with a spread of ISR units, together with high-resolution electro-optical-infrared imagers, full-motion video, foliage-penetrating radar, artificial aperture radar, digital mapping instruments, and indicators intelligence and communications intelligence capabilities.