Australian firm Sentient Vision Systems recently said its automated target detection solution–Kestrel Land MTI–will actively support the TUAV systems in their surveillance, reconnaissance and target acquisition missions.

Under the Defence Capability Plan Joint Project (JP) 129 Phase 2, the Australian Army is acquiring two complete Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (TUAV) systems.

Operated by the 20 Surveillance and Target Acquisition (STA) Regiment, Kestrel Land MTI will assist Australian forces in analyzing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) imagery from the AAI UAS [TXT] Shadow 200 TUAV. Sentient has been working closely with 20 STA Regiment and AAI over the past years and demonstrated Kestrel’s automated target detection capability with the Shadow.

The Army has purchased three Kestrel Land MTI licenses for 20 STA Regiment, which will be deployed with the Shadow in Afghanistan early next year.

The software processes the imagery in real time, automatically detecting small, moving targets such as dismounts and vehicles within the TUAV sensors’ field of view.

The Army TUAV Capability Implementation Team, which is bringing the Shadow 200 into service, sees in Kestrel Land MTI a significant ISR capability enhancement.

The Shadow will be the Army’s eyes in the sky. Equipped with cutting-edge payload technology including advanced electro-optical and infrared sensors, the Shadow will transmit real-time, full motion video (FMV) to the Ground Control Station (GCS) and remote video viewing devices. Kestrel will analyze the video footage and provide a real-time cue to operators on moving objects within the field of view.

This capability will enable the Army to effectively detect and respond to enemy targets, and thus protect Australian forces.

“Sentient’s Kestrel Land MTI software has been in operation with Australian forces in Afghanistan now for over two years. It is that in-theater experience in a variety of operational conditions that proved critical for the Australian Army,” said Simon Olsen, Sales and Marketing Manager at Sentient.

Kestrel is currently supporting the Australian Army on board the ScanEagle which will remain in service in Afghanistan during the transition-in of the Shadow. Boeing [BA]’s Insitu produces the ScanEagle.