The U.S. Army has deployed its new Challenger 650-based ARTEMIS intelligence, surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to the Indo-Pacific region, according to the service.
According to the Army, ARTEMIS (short for Airborne Reconnaissance and Targeting Multi-Mission Intelligence System) is the service’s first ever Manned Aerial ISR jet and is currently deployed to the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM).
The contractor-owned, contractor operated (COCO) aircraft “provides high-altitude sensing capabilities against near peer adversaries and bridges gaps in the Multi Domain Operations (MDO) mission”.
The ARTEMIS program, a joint investment between the Army and industry partners, started in May 2019 and recently completed aircraft and sensor system engineering, airworthiness qualification, information assurance accreditation, integration and testing requirements.
The Leidos-owned aircraft, with registration N488CR, reportedly arrived at Misawa Air Base in Japan on July 28 after taking off from Anchorage, Alaska. The aircraft left Misawa for Kadena Air Base on the next day.
According to Alert5, the aircraft was active at Manassas Regional Harry P. Davis field, Virginia before crossing the Pacific Ocean to Japan.