In partnership with Korean Air and Bombardier, Raytheon Technologies announced on 22 December that it is formally offering a business jet-based multiple-intelligence (multi-int) surveillance aircraft to meet the Republic of Korea Air Force’s (RoKAF’s) requirement for an intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR)-capable aerial system.
The company said in a statement that its ISTAR-K solution is based on a modified Bombardier Global 6500 business jet, with Korean Air providing its expertise in terms of design, maintenance, repair, overhaul, and upgrades.
The platform’s integrated ISR suite includes a “multimode active electronically scanned-array (AESA) radar, multispectral electro optical/infrared sensors, and signals intelligence suites to help operators make decisions”, noted Raytheon, adding that battle management command control will be integrated throughout the aircraft to enable interoperable communications with South Korean allies and partners.
“The RoK faces an increasingly complex security environment, requiring a multi-int approach and seamless integration with forces to manage threats. The ISTAR-K system will be designed to enable [the] RoKAF to monitor natural disasters, enforce maritime embargos, ensure border security, conduct ISR missions at long distances, and play a critical role in protecting the country from ballistic missile attacks,” said Raytheon, adding that the system has been designed to provide “a common operating picture that will give assurance to RoK commanders in the air and on the ground that they will make the right decisions”.