Sensis Corp. said it was awarded a contract from the U.S. Army to provide Wide Area Multilateration (WAM) Surveillance at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. Financial terms were not disclosed. Sensis Multistatic Dependent Surveillance (MDS), a transponder multilateration system, uses lightweight, low-maintenance, non-rotating sensors built to accommodate challenging environments. The system will provide coverage down to 50 feet with an accuracy of better than 70 meters in a 300 square mile mountainous region. Yuma, a Defense Department test range, evaluates and demonstrates technologies such as Unmanned Aerial Systems, Rotary and Fixed Winged aircraft systems. Sensis MDS will provide the range with surveillance for military test and training activities; surveillance of over-flight commercial traffic; and “after-action” reporting. “We were looking for a proven wide-area solution that would enable us to track the complex, high-speed maneuvering aircraft as well as low altitude test aircraft,” said Hugh Lottinger, Range Operations Manager, Yuma Test Center.
In addition to Yuma, Sensis MDS is being deployed for WAM in Tasmania, Australia, Patuxent River Naval Air Station (Maryland) and Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (California).