Chris Pehrson, senior director of strategic development for General Atomicsâ€™ aeronautical systems business,Â told Flightglobal reporter James Drew that the service branch performed seven flights between January and February to demonstrate UTC’sÂ MS-177Â sensor aboard General Atomicsâ€™ Predator C Avenger UAV.
“They used it to look at some land and maritime objects,” Pehrson said of the demonstration.
“The integration and the flight demo and datalink software worked as expected.â€
The service branch told Flightglobal that it lacksÂ aircraft designation for the Avenger system and that it intends to incorporate the MS-177 sensor with the Northrop Grumman-built RQ-4B Block 30 Global Hawk drone.
The Air Force will hand over the sensor to Northrop in preparation for a series of tests in January 2017, according to the report.