903 EAW 5(AC) Sqn - ASTOR
5(Army Cooperation) Sqn - Airborne Stand-Off Radar (ASTOR)
The role of the ASTOR (Airborne Stand Off Radar) Detachment is to provide Image Intelligence (IMINT) support to Regional Command (South West) through the use of the ASTOR system. This system is comprised of the Sentinel R1 aircraft, based out of the Middle East and the Operational Level Ground Station (OLGS), the ground support element based out of Camp Bastion.
The Sentinel aircraft is able to provide Near Real Time (NRT) Ground Moving Target Indicator (GMTI) and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery which is relayed to the OLGS for further analysis, product creation and distribution.
The ASTOR Detachment comprises of a Detachment Commander and Ground Station Commander (GSC) who command and administer the ASTOR Detachment located at Camp Bastion. The missions are run by a Ground Mission Commander (GMC) and two Ground Imagery Analysts (GIA) who provide NRT support to the customer.
After the mission is complete, a post mission crew that consists of a GMC and three GIAs, will provide further in depth analysis of the GMTI and SAR, producing a detailed intelligence product for the wider intelligence community. There are two Liaison Officers based at Camp Leatherneck, providing the link between the ASTOR Detachment and the customer.