Lockheed Martin has awarded a contract toÂ United Technologies Corp.Â to integrate a sensor system withÂ the U.S. Air Forceâ€™s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance collection and processing infrastructure.
UTC said MondayÂ its aerospace systems unit will perform a study on the integration of the MS-177 sensor system into theÂ Distributed Common Ground System to help provide image processing tools, command and control and battlefield information to warfighters.
DCGS uses a global communications architecture designed to link intelligence platforms and sensors and works toÂ help airmen collect data from various sensors installed on the U-2, RQ-4 Global Hawk, MQ-1 Predator, MQ-9 Reaper and other ISR platforms.
Kevin Raftery, vice president of UTC aerospace systems, said the project is an inter-dependent effort with the Global Hawk MS-177 program to â€œprovide DCGS operators and analysts with very similar capabilities to those employed by the U2’s Senior Year Electro-Optical Reconnaissance System mission operatives.â€
The MS-177 sensor comprisesÂ a new wide area field of view, a high-resolution imaging system and a motion imagery modality.