Areté’s COBRA

Supports the Fleet Every Day

COBRA sees the previously unseeable — submerged mines and obstacles in high-clutter surf zones.

January 1, 2019

COBRA (Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis) began in the early 1990s as a U.S. Marine Corps advanced technology research program. Now in use by the U.S. Navy, COBRA is a multispectral unmanned aircraft sensor (launched from an aircraft carrier) that detects and geo-locates enemy mines and obstacles in shore zones, traditionally challenging environments.

The multispectral imaging camera captures clear images on land and in water. COBRA’s sophisticated algorithms accurately interpret the kind of mine or obstacle with a very low false alarm rate. COBRA is designed to ignore fleeting events such as glint, white caps, and foam. COBRA is low-SWaP (size, weight, and power usage).

Areté’s COBRA is the subject of a story in this month’s Military and Aerospace Electronics.