The Air Force is getting ready to field the Gorgon Stare airborne surveillance system. The new, podded system, which the service will mount on MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft, will be introduced "this winter" into Afghanistan, reported the Washington Post, Jan. 2, 2011. In its first increment, the Gorgon Stare pod will feature nine video cameras, each capable of providing a live overhead imagery stream of a different area of interest. That's a vast improvement over the single-camera capability that Reapers have today. Here, a Reaper taxis at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 27, 2009.
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