Leica develops TAMS

Leica develops TAMS

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Norcross, USA, October 22, 2007: Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging announces the development of a new Tactical Airborne Mapping Surveillance (TAMS) system. TAMS is platform agnostic, with a multi-sensor payload capable of in-theater fixed wing, helicopter and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAV/UAS) deployment. Leica Geosystems is showcasing the TAMS-UAV system at the GEOINT 2007.

Leica Geosystems recently began testing the tactical mapping system, responding to interest in end-to-end sensor software capabilities within the DoD, and specifically by military services responsible for in-theater data collection. This system includes various swappable sensors and software components, designed to produce National Imagery Transmission Format (NITF) compliant imagery supporting forward area mapping requirements. Also in this system, a swappable multi-sensor configuration supports a wide range in CONOPS.

“Developing this partnership with Geospatial Systems further enables us to effectively prototype and market these new sensor and software technologies,” said Christopher Tucker, Senior Vice President, National Programs, Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging. “By tightly coupling the sensor with the processing software, Leica Geosystems designed a streamlined workflow, delivering highly accurate geospatial products within hours of tactical missions.”

Logging thousands of hours of design, integration flight and product testing, the team completed its extensive testing of the TAMS-Heavy system (300 lbs payload) during NGA’s Empire Challenge 2007 (EC07). During the July 2007 exercises, the team successfully produced numerous NITF compliant image products within hours of the actual mission, from more than a terabyte of raw data. The final UAV (20 lbs payload) testing begins in November 2007 and concludes in January 2008.