Firebird UAS by Northrop Grumman undergoes flight testsNews
April 07, 2021
FALLS CHURCH, Va. Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Firebird multi-sensor aircraft showcased the optionally-manned autonomous system as it flew to various locations across the United States last month.
According to the company, the ability of Firebird to be flown manned through national airspace is a demonstration of its unique operational flexibility for self-deployment and its rapid relocation ability to adapt to specific user needs and operational requirements.
The company claims that it flew Firebird almost 9,000 miles around the US with stops in Dayton, Ohio; Washington DC; Patuxent River, Maryland; as well as Tampa, Miami; and Key West, Florida.
Firebird is a medium altitude long endurance unmanned aircraft system (UAS). Customers can install new payloads in as little as one day, and swap payloads in 30 minutes intended to make the system suitable for numerous domains and missions.
The flights concluded in Key West, Florida where the team conducted a series of manned maritime operational events that included a four-sensor package containing two high-definition EO/IR sensors; a maritime configured multi-spectral sensor for small target detection; and an AIS receiver.