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Air Force examining adaptive payload for Global Hawk

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posted on Jun, 29 2015 @ 02:49 PM
The Air Force is examining adding an adaptive payload capability to the RQ-4B Global Hawk. By adding 17 attachment fitting points in the airframe, they can change the sensor payload, and allow up to 1200 pounds of payload.

This would include the SYERS-2B/C system Optical Bar Camera, and MS-177. This will give the platform much more flexibility to perform missions.

posted on Jun, 29 2015 @ 07:08 PM
a reply to: Zaphod58
Makes sense but wondering why it never was put into the initial design in the first place..

posted on Jun, 29 2015 @ 07:09 PM
a reply to: Blackfinger

Because they planned to keep the U-2 longer.

posted on Jun, 29 2015 @ 07:14 PM
Is this the same thing?

Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program

This is a long range, high resolution air-to-ground and air-to-air synthetic aperture radar system being developed for use on the RQ-4 Global Hawk.

posted on Jun, 29 2015 @ 07:16 PM
a reply to: MystikMushroom

It's one payload they'll put on. This allows for different cameras, and sensors, including that one.

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