Goodrich Corporation is awarded a $19.9 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract by the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR) for the MS-177A Naval Maritime Experiment Program.
According to the Pentagon statement, this contract (N00014-20-C-2012) provides for building and delivering a qualified state-of-the-art sensor system in support of fleet and science and technology experimentation goals.
The first line of effort will ensure integration requirements are identified and the sensor is properly tuned and configured for maritime operations. Follow-on experimentation events will enable data collections to support the next generation of maritime federated data processing, exploitation and dissemination for future warfighting applications.
Work will be performed in Westford, Massachusetts (67%); Patuxent River, Maryland (22%); San Diego, California (10%); and Danbury, Connecticut (1%). Work is expected to be completed by October 2022.
Goodrich Corp. is now part of Collins Aerospace which in turn a subsidiary of the Raytheon Technologies Corp. following the merger between Collins’ parent United Technologies Corporation (UTC) and Raytheon.
The MS-177 Family of Systems (FoS) sensor provides 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.
The system is equipped on the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk high altitude long endurance surveillance aircraft. In addition to the 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’s Senior Year Electro-optical Reconnaissance System (SYERS) sensor, currently flown on U-2S Dragon Lady reconnaissance 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-177A will offer further expanded spectral performance, enhancing data identification capabilities and assisting in the collation of improved and actionable intelligence compare to the MS-177 sensor.
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.