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Army transfers management of EMARSS program

Management of a U.S. Army intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance program has been transferred to a higher-level service aviation office.

The Army’s Program Executive Office for Aviation at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., said it will now oversee the service’s Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System, or EMARSS, which is designed to detect and track surface targets day or night in nearly all weather conditions. The EMARSS program had previously been managed by the Army’s Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors.

The transfer is part of a service standardization effort to improve safety, airworthiness and maintenance, the Army said on Oct. 1.

The project offices will continue to work together as responsibility for aircraft integration is transferred to the aviation unit’s Fixed Wing Project Office. Responsibility for sensor development and overall architecture will remain under the EW and sensors office’s program manager for Airborne Reconnaissance Exploitation Systems, the service said.

The transfer was prompted by a 2011 Army directive mandating that all manned, fixed wing aircraft be managed by the aviation office.


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