U.S. Navy, Northrop Grumman Demonstrate First Manned-Unmanned Intel Sharing

SAN DIEGO — In a recent U.S. Navy and Northrop Grum­man (NYSE:NOC) exer­cise, a Fire Scout unmanned heli­copter suc­cess­ful­ly sent sen­sor data to the cock­pit dis­play of a MH-60 heli­copter.

The demon­stra­tion, which took place Oct. 25 near Patux­ent Riv­er Naval Air Sta­tion, Md., paves the way for improv­ing the speed at which field com­man­ders can make informed deci­sions dur­ing mil­i­tary operations. 

“Fire Scout com­ple­ments the Navy’s manned heli­copters by effec­tive­ly extend­ing the range and area of ship-based intel­li­gence gath­er­ing oper­a­tions,” said George Var­doulakis, vice pres­i­dent for tac­ti­cal unmanned sys­tems for Northrop Grumman’s Aero­space Sys­tems sector. 

Until now, intel­li­gence, sur­veil­lance and recon­nais­sance data gath­ered by Fire Scout has been sent to its host ship for fur­ther dissemination. 

Dur­ing the demon­stra­tion, crew mem­bers aboard a near­by U.S. Coast Guard boat also viewed Fire Scout’s sen­sor data in real time using a remote terminal. 

The capa­bil­i­ty also improves Fire Scout’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions relay func­tion by allow­ing mul­ti­ple units to share real-time infor­ma­tion to coor­di­nate actions with­out delay. 

Fire Scout fea­tures a mod­u­lar archi­tec­ture that accom­mo­dates a vari­ety of elec­tro-opti­cal, infrared and com­mu­ni­ca­tions pay­loads. These pay­loads pro­vide ground- and ship-based com­man­ders with high lev­els of sit­u­a­tion­al aware­ness and pre­ci­sion tar­get­ing support. 

The system’s abil­i­ty to oper­ate from all air-capa­ble ships makes it par­tic­u­lar­ly well suit­ed for sup­port­ing lit­toral mis­sions such as drug inter­dic­tion, search and res­cue, antipira­cy oper­a­tions, recon­nais­sance and port security. 

Northrop Grum­man is a lead­ing glob­al secu­ri­ty com­pa­ny pro­vid­ing inno­v­a­tive sys­tems, prod­ucts and solu­tions in aero­space, elec­tron­ics, infor­ma­tion sys­tems, and tech­ni­cal ser­vices to gov­ern­ment and com­mer­cial cus­tomers world­wide. Please vis­it www.northropgrumman.com for more information. 

War­ren Com­er
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