Heterogeneous Airborne Reconnaissance Team (HART)

Heterogeneous Airborne Reconnaissance Team (HART) Today, warfighters require real-time access to ISR platforms, sensors and sensor products in complex environments on the tactical edge. The Heterogeneous Airborne Reconnaissance Team (HART) system autonomously manages a large mix of manned and unmanned aircraft and sensors and distributes streaming video, surveillance and reconnaissance information to warfighters in the field.

HART can automatically and simultaneously track, interface and bi-directionally integrate up to 50 different manned/unmanned systems, simultaneously providing critical imagery to up to 50 user interfaces. The system can either dynamically retrieve, in near real time, the required information from a catalog of geo-registered images or direct manned/unmanned aircraft systems and/or sensors to collect updated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information.

Since initial demonstration in 2005, HART has successfully demonstrated integration with Raven, Wasp, Pointer, ScanEagle, Shadow, Bat and Hunter, all without requiring modification to either UAS platform or ground stations. It is also capable of interacting and integrating with current and future US Department of Defense UAS, including Global Hawk, BAMS, Predator, Fire Scout, UCLASS and others.

The HART system has recently completed testing and is in the final stages of preparation for fielding. Adoption of HART is under active consideration by all military services.

HART is another example of Northrop Grumman's world-class systems integration capabilities that enable a variety of military users to exchange real-time information on tactical, ad-hoc networks.