EV is the U.S. Department of Defense's only deployable commercial ground station capable of directly receiving and processing critical imagery information from commercial remote sensing satellites directly for the warfighter inside the battlefield rhythm. This dynamic system has been deployed in the theatre of operations in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Global War on Terror missions. EV has also supported homeland disaster relief missions such as the response to Hurricane Isabel in September 2003.
RADARSAT-2 will provide unclassified information that may be easily shared among coalition forces to support activities such as mission planning and rehearsal, and time-critical targeting. RADARSAT-2 is the first commercial radar satellite expected to offer multi-polarization capability at spatial resolutions expected to range from 3 to 100 metres. These features can aid in identifying a wide variety of surface features and targets.
EV is a featured operational technology capability under the CSAF Innovation Program executively managed by the AF Combat Support Office, Pentagon, Washington D.C. This is the sixth EV contract that MDA has received. MDA's EV ground station technology and AFTERPS-R Flight Path Safety System are being deployed by the USAF at locations around the world.