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ORLANDO, Florida — Northrop Grumman successfully tested an MS-177 multi-spectral sensor in the RQ-4 Global Hawk, the company said Wednesday.
The MS-177 is intended to surpass the Senior Year Electro-optical Reconnaissance System, or SYERS-2, used in the U-2 Dragon Lady.
“It’s the future of Air Force ISR,” said Northrop’s Mike Lyons in an interview with Military.com on Wednesday.
Northrop is showcasing the sensors for the Global Hawk — by UTC Aerospace Systems — at the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium here. “It’s a family of sensors, provides [a broad] area, multispectral collection — seven bands moving to 10 bands of multispectral … and we’re the first platform to be fielding it.”