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UTC Aerospace Systems next-gen sensor selected for Global Hawk UAS

UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., was awarded a contract to support the integration and testing of the MS-177 multi-spectral imaging (MSI) and long-range intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) sensor onto the Northrop Grumman RQ-4B Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).

Adding the MS-177 system to the Global Hawk is part of the U.S. Air Force's planned modernization activities for the platform.

"This award is a testament to the success of our highly collaborative effort with Northrop Grumman," said Kevin Raftery, Vice President, ISR, UTC Aerospace Systems. "Over the past three years, we have enhanced the MS-177 sensor system with advanced technology that provides U.S. combatant commanders with unmatched imaging, detailed surveillance and actionable intelligence."

The MS-177 sensor is designed to provide capabilities to not only "Find" targets using broad area search and different sensing technologies, but to also Fix, Track, and Assess targets through its agility and multiple sensing modalities.

The enhancements made to the MS-177 sensor system include a gimbaled optical design, a wide area search mode and a motion imagery mode. These enhancements allow the MS-177 sensor system to collect greater than six-times more area coverage per hour than the current SYERS-2B sensor operating on the U2 platform. MS-177 also has the ability to continuously track a target without having to change the flight path of the UAS.

With its incomparable long range imaging capabilities and industry leading technology, the MS-177 sensor system is the new benchmark in ISR sensors for military applications.

Press release issued by UTC Aerospace Systems, ISR Systems on July 11, 2016

 

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 Related aircraft programs:
Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk

 

 Related directory sectors:
Sensors, Transducers & Detectors

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