MS-177: The new standard in long-range imaging
The MS-177 Family of Systems (FoS) sensor will provide better image resolution over a longer range and greater coverage area per hour than any other Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) sensor in the U.S. military inventory. In addition to the Northrop Grumman Global Hawk, MS-177 will be able to operate from multiple other ISR platforms, satisfying military requirements for both land and maritime missions.
The MS-177 is the next evolution of Collins Aerospace’ Senior Year Electro-optical Reconnaissance System (SYERS) sensor, currently flown on U-2S aircraft. The SYERS-2 sensor pivots from side to side, while the MS-177 also squints forward and backward, enabling new imaging capabilities. The MS-177 sensor will ultimately be converted into the MS-177A and will offer further expanded spectral performance, enhancing data identification capabilities and assisting in the collation of improved and actionable intelligence.
This next-generation system employs design elements of the fielded SYERS-2A and DB-110 sensors to deliver superior collection capabilities. Key features include high geo-location accuracy, wide-area coverage, collection in six unique spectral channels, moving target indication and persistent imaging over a scene. Its high-quality imagery provides analysts with extensive target detection, discrimination and tracking capabilities to significantly reduce decision timelines.
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