CAP also has three aircraft that have
been modified with high-end Wescam
MX-15 Electro-Optical and Infrared camera systems and supporting communications packages. These aircraft are serving as
Surrogate Unmanned Aircraft Systems
(SUAS) to assist in providing realistic training to warfighters that need to learn how to
work with imagery collected from actual
UAS like MQ-1 Predator and the MQ-9
Reaper. There are considerable restrictions
to flying actual UAS in the U.S., but
SUAS flying with a manned aircraft is not
restricted. These three aircraft fly approximately 1,100 hours annually by themselves
on approximately twenty 10-14 day exercises annually.
CAP aircraft equipped with the Cloud Cap TASE400 sensor system are
primed for search and rescue missions. The system contains a midrange
sensor that provides high-performance, real-time graphics from SAR flights.
In addition, the development of
air-to-ground public announcements
without distortion has allowed CAP planes
to broadcast messages, giving warnings of
impending tsunamis in Hawaii, for
instance, or providing directions to those
lost on the ground.
(GIIEP) feature selfcontained communications equipment
and other hardware that allow for real
time and near-real time full-motion
video, digital imagery and in-flight chat
capability. The GIIEPs provide a direct
link with federal, state and local
emergency operations centers
supporting emergency situations.
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