Sensors added to Northrop Grumman's autonomous Global HawkNews
September 25, 2020
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.