Northrop Grumman has completed the first flight test of the new MS-177 multispectral sensor, which will provide a broad-area search capability for the company's RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS).
The US Air Force (USAF) is expected to begin formal development testing of Global Hawk and the MS-177 sensor in April, at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Those tests are intended to demonstrate that the system meets the air force's requirements.
The MS-177 is a seven-band multispectral sensor built by UTC Aerospace Systems.
"We will see further than we have seen before at resolutions that we have never had in the past," Mike Lyons, business development lead for Global Hawk, told Jane's.
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