Military Embedded Systems

Sensors added to Northrop Grumman's autonomous Global Hawk


September 25, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

U.S. Air Force photo.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. Northrop Grumman Corporation has delivered a pair of sensors to enhance the capability of its Global Hawk high-altitude long-endurance autonomous aircraft system.

According to the company, enhancements include the deployment of the MS-177 multi-spectral camera system to provide additional high resolution imaging capability for operational users. The second new capability is the first fielding of the increment 1 upgraded AN/ASQ-230 system on Global Hawk to meet expanded electronic threats.

The MS-177 camera system is designed to provide multiple channels of intelligence collection in visible and infrared bands and provides an increase in multi-spectral imaging capacity. When paired with a Global Hawk platform, the MS-177 aims to provide collection coverage in areas that cannot easily be reached by other means.

Fielding of the AN/ASQ-230 increment 1 is intended to enhance Global Hawk’s support against electronic threats. The Global Hawk features a combination of autonomy, range, endurance, and payload to meet various intelligence, surveillance, and reconaissance requirements.


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