Designed to Fix, Track and Assess targets though unit agility and multiple sensing modalities, as well as through the use of broad area search capabilities, UTC Aerospace Systems' MS-177 multi-spectral imaging (MSI) and long-range ISR sensor has won over Northrop Grumman.
A contract has been awarded to the firm that will support the integration and testing of the MS-177 onto the RQ-4B Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). This move is all part of the USAF's planned modernization of this proven unmanned platform. 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.
UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), 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.
Kevin Raftery, Vice President, ISR, UTC Aerospace Systems, commented that Over the past three years, his firm has enhanced the MS-177 sensor system with advanced technology to provides US combatant commanders with unmatched imaging, detailed surveillance and actionable intelligence.