Northrop Grum­man ma­tur­ing key Tri­ton un­manned air­craft sensor

SP's MAI - - UNMANNED UPDATES -

Northrop Grum­man Cor­po­ra­tion (NOC) has com­pleted more than 25 flight tests of the US Navy Tri­ton un­manned air­craft sys­tem’s (UAS) pri­mary mar­itime sur­veil­lance sensor in prepa­ra­tion for its in­stal­la­tion on the air­craft.

The com­pany is con­duct­ing risk-re­duc­tion tests of the multi-func­tion ac­tive sensor (MFAS) us­ing a Gulf­stream II sur­ro­gate air­craft off the Cal­i­for­nia coast. The radar will pro­vide the Tri­ton UAS with a 360-de­gree view of ocean and coastal re­gions.

“Sur­ro­gate flights have al­lowed us to ma­ture the MFAS radar’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties and merge the data with in­for­ma­tion re­ceived from other sen­sors and equip­ment that will

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