MS-177 sensor payload begins testing on RQ-4 Global Hawk

SAN DIEGO. Engineers at Northrop Grumman Corp. started testing the MS-177 sensor payload on an RQ-4 Global Hawk aircraft system. The flight tests is the first time the sensor has flown on a high altitude long-range autonomous aircraft. Testing is expected to continue through the first half of 2017.

The MS-177 is designed to provide capabilities such as finding targets using broad area search and different sensing technologies. Other capabilities include tracking and assessing targets through its multiple sensing modalities, officials say.

The Global Hawk system is in active operation with the U.S. Air Force since 2001, it has amassed more than 200,000 flight hours with missions flown in support of military and humanitarian operations.

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