Publication Date: 2012-02-17
The Department of the Navy, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), has a continuing need for Special Surveillance Programs Support (SSPS) to enhance existing Persistent Ground Surveillance Systems (PGSS).
NAWC-AD’s AIR-4.5x Special Surveillance Programs (SSP) has responsibilities in a number of reconnaissance and surveillance programs for Navy and other DoD agencies. These systems include both unmanned aircraft and aerostats programs. Specifically, NAVAIR has been tasked by DoD to provide OCONUS Operational support for Persistent Ground Surveillance Systems (PGSS) deployed to Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) throughout Afghanistan. Other programs include the HELIOS Copper-Head and the Persistent Surveillance Unmanned Aerial System (PSUAS).
PGSS works with FOB Commanders to help deter and prevent attacks against US and Coalition troops fighting the Global War on Terror (GWOT). Copper-Head works to deter and foil improvised explosive device emplacements while PSUAS provides persistent surveillance air coverage over a specific area of interest. All these SSP programs provide essential and vital resources to combat threats posed by radical terrorists, rogue regimes, failed states and other adversaries. Protecting warfighters, their equipment and supply routes from danger is an essential mission in hazardous environments.
Experience, both past and present in Afghanistan and Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), has shown the necessity and value of SSP in supporting Theater Commanders, On-Scene Commanders and On-the-Ground Troops. Persistent Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems provide a cost-effective force multiplier to the uniformed services.
ACET Support Includes Providing:
- PGSS and PSUAS instructors and operators
- Program Management
- Program Administrative/ Security Support
- Configuration Management
- Logistics support
- Training support
- Perform flight operations