Multispectral Imaging

The next generation of airborne reconnaissance

Collins Aerospace MS-110 represents the next generation of the widely deployed DB-110 dual band airborne reconnaissance system providing day and night-time, wide area, long-rang imagery coverage.

Our MS-110 system provides improved intelligence advantage over legacy systems by using:

  • Multispectral imaging in multiple visual and IR bands
  • Common ground coverage of all bands
  • Improved area coverage at long standoff ranges
  • Improved image quality (NIIRS) MS-110 multispectral airborne reconnaissance system
  • Imagery exploitation software designed to rapidly leverage the unique features of MS-110 imagery
  • Shortening sensor to shooter timelines through rapid exploitation of multispectral imagery via high speed near-real-time data link capability

MS-110 integrates seamlessly into the existing DB-110 system CONOPS and architecture, employing common ground support equipment. The sensor is compatible with carriage on advanced fighters (US F-16, F-15 and F/A-18 as well as Gripen and other fast jet platforms), C-130s, MPA class aircraft, special mission craft and MALE UAVs such as MQ-9.

Lockheed Martin C-130
DB110 on Reaper

DB-110 (dual-band visible/ IR) reconnaissance pod

Collins Aerospace offers a SEEK EAGLE certified pod for F-16 and other fast-jet applications. With an integrated DB-110 sensor, this pod offers advantages over competing systems by relying on dual-environmental conditioning systems, to provide robust ground cooling and operations over a wide range of altitudes. Full-size fore and aft data-link antennae enable maximum data-link range throughout a full 360° azimuth. Collins Aerospace also offers a smaller, lighter weight pod designed for long-endurance UAV operations. Housing the same DB-110 reconnaissance system, this pod provides stand-off and vertical imaging capabilities and air-to-ground communication over constrained bandwidth systems.

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.

Collins Aerospace offers the new TacSAR Airborne Reconnaissance System. Built on the operational pedigree of the DB-110 EO/IR system, in partnership with Leonardo, TacSAR provides commanders with a vital all-weather ISR capability. The TacSAR pod has seen the integration of the Leonardo Advanced Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) into the DB-110 architecture and offers 24/7 mission effectiveness for multiple combat ISR missions. The multi-mode TacSAR allows commanders to use their existing fast jets for true multi-role combat operations.

60 years of strategic intelligence support

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SYERS-2

A Multispectral imaging Sensor supporting strategic intelligence collection on the U-2 from the 1960s to the present, SYERS-2A collects seven spectral bands simultaneously, providing very high-resolution operational standoff imagery. The system’s shortwave IR and mid-wave IR capability enables low-light operation, penetrates haze and smoke, defeats CC&D, and supports CIED/COIN operations.

Play video: Watch: The U.S. Air Force completes U-2 SYERS-2C upgrades

The upgrade enhances the Dragon Lady's imaging capability

The upgrade enhances the Dragon Lady's imaging capability

Tactical Synthetic Aperture Radar (TacSAR) airborne reconnaissance system

Built on the operational pedigree of the DB-110 EO IR system, in partnership with Leonardo, TacSAR provides commanders with a vital all-weather ISR capability.

The TacSAR pod has seen the integration of the Leonardo Advanced Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) into the DB-110 architecture and offers 24/7 mission effectiveness for multiple combat ISR missions.