The U.S. Army’s Next C4ISR Platform, the ARL-E, Becoming a Reality

by C. Zachary Hofer, Electronics Analyst, Forecast International.

Airborne Reconnaissance Low-Enhanced (ARL-E). By Mark Harkin (N8200HUploaded by russavia) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Airborne Reconnaissance Low-Enhanced (ARL-E). By Mark Harkin (N8200HUploaded by russavia) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The next step in the saga that is the U.S. Army Airborne Reconnaissance Low program has unfolded. On November 5, the Army awarded Leidos a massive $661.84 million contract in support of Airborne Reconnaissance Low-Enhanced (ARL-E). The ARL-E project follows from the Army’s failed attempt to replace the ARL platform with the Aerial Common Sensor (ACS), which was canceled in 2006. Continue reading