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1 Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV)
System Overview “21-Day Persistent Surveillance” DISTRIBUTION STATEMENT B. Distribution authorized to U.S. Government Agencies only, 15 March Other requests for this document shall be referred to Commanding General, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, ATTN: SMDC-RTD-SH, P.O. Box 1500, Huntsville, AL

2 Background Previous Initiatives
2002: NAVAIR Study of Hybrid Vehicle concept for Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) 2005: DARPA Walrus Program was Catalyst for the demonstration of P-791 Hybrid Aircraft Prototype; first flight 2006; reduced flight controls technology risk Jan 2008: a Joint Capabilities Technology Demonstration (JCTD) named Persistent Elevated Reconnaissance Surveillance Intelligence Unmanned System (PERSIUS) June/July 2008: PERSIUS JCTD proposal was validated by Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) 2009: Effort redirected as a Technology Demonstration titled Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) February – May 2010 – LEMV Source Selection June 2010 – Agreement Award to Northrop Grumman

3 What is LEMV? LEMV is a Long Duration Hybrid Unmanned/Manned Airship ISR Platform Combination of buoyancy, thrust, and aerodynamic lift to enable ISR heavy lift capability and extended multi-week flight duration Outfitted with existing payloads including ground moving target indicator radar, full motion video, communication relays, data downlink, and signal intelligence. Executed as a Technology Demonstration under Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) contracting mechanism US Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT) has Demo lead ~5 year program Utilizing Other Transaction Authority to allow participation of non-traditional Department of Defense contractors Develop a Government Owned/Contractor Operated ISR platform that is ready to transport to theater for technology demonstrations within 18 months after agreement award

4 What is LEMV? Hybrid Air Vehicle LEMV Mission Payloads
20,000ft Altitude, 2500 lb Payload 21 Days, 20/80kts Station Keep/Cruise LEMV Mission Payloads GMTI Radar Full Motion Video Signal Intelligence Communications Relay Tactical Data Link Multi-INT Ground Stations Acquisition Plan System Integration 18 months GFE Payloads JMUA / 3 ½ yr in Afghanistan ISR Configuration 21 Days on station (next chart - 2) LEMV is a large (football size) long endurance multi-intelligence vehicle that will stay in the air for 21+ days, carry 2500lbs payloads, and operate at 22K feet. It will carry FMV, radar, signal intelligence, and communications payloads The program specifics are development in 18 months, deploy to theater for a series of 1 year periods for up to 5 years. Additional efforts are airships 2 and 3, with operational deployments thru the 5 year period of performance. The government also asked for planning number for 10 & 20 airships as they begin the initial steps to establish a program of record. Our specific offering has an endurance of 23.8 days with 10% fuel reserve, operates on about 8 gals an hour, costs less than 20K in fuel per mission. If we ran it til empty we would get an additional 2 days for nearly 26 days in than air! Mission module has 153 of uninstalled growth, another 45% installed growth. 302’ 4

5 LEMV System Requirements Platform Requirements
21 days on station 7500 feet Above Ground Level Minimum/20,000 feet Mean Sea Level Optimal 2,500 pound payload 16 KW of power to payloads 80 knots dash speed and 20 knots station keep speed Reduced Cost and Logistics Payload Requirements Full Motion Video Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) Tactical Data Link(s) Communication Relay Ground Moving Target Indictor (GMTI) Radar The ISR Task Force needed LEMV with payloads to answer the persistent ISR requirements from multiple COCOMs. The ISR Task Force asked SMDC to be the executing agent for the Department. The requirement for LEMV is from the Persius JCTD. The JROCM dated 23 Jun 08 signed by the Vice Chief Joint Chief of Staff, General Cartwright These are the objectives of the LEMV effort, most derived from the Persius JCTD. 5

6 Payloads 2 x L3 Wescam MX-15: EO/IR Full Motion Video Cameras
1 x Pennant Race: Signal Intelligence Package 3 x L3 VORTEX: RF Payload Communications Ku Spread Spectrum (KuSS): Satellite Comms (SATCOM) 4 x Thales MMARs: Communications Relays 1 x VADER: Ground Motion Target Indicator (GMTI) Radar 1 x TTNT: ISR Network Communications Relay

7 Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle Army G2 Operational View
FOUO TROJAN Ku/Ka SIGINT C2 & DATA BLOS AV C2 IRIDIUM GBS Game Changing Multi-Intelligence Vehicle Providing Unblinking ISR and Comms TROJAN/ WIN-T SIGINT PED LEMV NSA Net JWICS SIPRNET GRCS MARSS PENNANTRACE SIGINT JWICS SIPRNET VADER GMTI MX20 FMV Ring Road Security Border Surveillance PGSS MX-20 FMV RAVEN SHADOW MX-15 FMV LOS AV C2 HART PAIES MX-15 FMV Counter IEDs National Support Agencies HART Client VORTEX PTDS II AEB Counter Drugs OSGCS ROVER 5 Direct BCT Support AV GCS ISR NET TTNT/QNT HART HC3 X BfSB OSRVT Sqd, Plt, Co PED GCS Payload C2 & Data TCDL USF-A MMAR JTR Repeater Capabilities DCGS-A Integrated Backbone (DIB) 21 Day Endurance 24/7 Coverage 20K ft MSL 2,500 lbs Payloads 12 Modular Payload Bays 16KW Mission Power Sensor Cross Cueing Sensors BCT Missions 2xMX20HD 2xMX15HDi 1xVADER 1xPENNANTRACE 1xTTNT/QNT 4xMMAR 3xVORTEX 1xKu/Ka Satellite Comms Persistent Area Assessment Situational Development Mission Overwatch Direct BCT Support Ring Road Security Border Surveillance Counter IEDs Counter Drugs Comms Relay Force Protection Battle Damage Assessment Indications and Warning F3EAD Targeting Support Infrastructure Analysis Enemy Comms Intercept Indirect Fire Support DIV/MEU UNCLASSIFIED/ FOUO V2.6, , SGM Martinez Irizarry

8 Air Vehicle Characteristics Hybrid Design Bi-Lobe Hull Design
1.34 M ft3 Volume – 302 ft x 113 ft X 70 ft Airship moored with mast Short Take-off and Vertical Landing 1350 ft take-off distance 100 ft vertical landing Four (4) 350 Hp Gas Engines Skid Landing System (no wheels) Vectran Fabric Composition for Hull 12 Payload Bay for 12 Modula 500 lb Pallets 6 more available growth Fully environmentally enclosed Capable of 16 kW Payload Power Expandable & Reconfigurable Crew Station (Optionally Manned) Line of Sight (LOS) & Beyond LOS (BLOS) AV C2 LOS Payload C2 Dimensions Length: 302 feet Width: 113 feet Height: 70 feet

9 Air Vehicle – Hull Exterior Features Hull internal structure Bi-lobe
Vestigial tail lobe Cambered form Landing skids profiled to hull Hull internal structure Ballonets x 4 Central Diaphragm Transverse Diaphragms Nose and Tail volumes ITAR-controlled data included - This slide contains ITAR-controlled data within the definition of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and has been reviewed and approved for release to foreign persons.

10 Mission Module and Payloads
Characteristics 148’ payload bay: Forward Murphy Bay with 12 Payload Modules Centerline Bay isolates VADER and has steerable POD adapter AFT BAY isolates SIGINT with antennas on rear fuel module Each module supports 500 lbs Each module environmentally controlled 48 antennas installed on vehicle with Patch panel for payload use Interoperable with PM UAS IOPs 360o VADER operation via gimbals Detailed payload integration planning

11 Ground Control Station (GCS)/Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination (PED)
Characteristics Using “DRASH” Shelter vice Trailers AV / Payload C2 based on PM UAS UGCS Flexible Controls via 2 deliveries – AV LRS (with CDL and Iridium/KuSS) and combined AV / Payload / PED FOB (with 2 CDL and Iridium/KuSS) Situational Awareness Video via LOS and BLOS Interoperable with PM UAS IOPs GCS is based on the Army’s Universal GCS (UGCS) AAI building GCS (Developed Army’s UGCS) **PED Manning Under Review**

12 System Integration Testing
Completion of Developmental Tests Fully autonomous Flight Unmanned takeoff and landing Complete flight envelope Laser designation testing AV Endurance Test JMUA “dry run” Verify No Degradation of Sensor Performance IA (JTIC) IOP Cert Testing (UCGS, STANAG)

13 Logistics & Supportability
Transportation Characteristics Manned deployment West to East route that refuels in Canada and UK and then overflies Europe and the Middle East Comprehensive JMUA planning Supportability Characteristics Logistics management plan includes a strong GOCO arrangement with Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) implementing Performance Based Logistics (PBL) DRASH (tactical system) ground equipment configuration is well-suited for support operations


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