Air Force to Test Raytheon Teams Hyperspectral UAV Sensor

2014-02-25

Air Force to Test Raytheon Teams Hyperspectral UAV Sensor

The U.S. Air Force will test a hyperspectral imaging sensor developed by a Raytheon-lead contracting team for the service’s MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft.

John Keller writes the Air Force intends to negotiate a contract with Raytheon for the flight testing of a pod-based Airborne Cueing and Exploitation System-Hyperspectral system.

Raytheon is also working with L3 Communications‘ integrated optical systems unit and Exelis space computer subsidiary on the ACES-Hy program, according to the report. ACES-Hy is designed to help military surveillance personnel track concealed objects such as hidden improvised explosive devices, according to the article.

Hyperspectral systems work to process spectral signatures and detect light waves across an electromagnetic spectrum, according to Keller.


Region:  USA and Canada
Contry:  USA
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USA GA-ASI UAV
Name:  Predator   Region:  USA and Canada    Country:  USA    Category:  UAV    Company:  GA-ASI   
Predator

Use(s): long-endurance reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition/designation, weapons delivery, communications relay, SIGINT Manufacturer: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Customers/Users: US Air Force, US Navy, Italian Air Force Powerplant: Rotax 914hp turbo Dimensions: length: 8m, wingspan: 17m Weight: empty: 567kg, MTOW: 1,043kg, max payload internal: 204kg, external: 136kg Performance: speed: 120kt, endurance: 40hr, ceiling: 25,000ft Payload: EO/IR, Lynx SAR/GMTI, SIGINT/ESM, Hellfire missiles Data Link: C-band LoS, Ku-band BLoS SATCOM Guidance/ Tracking: INS/GPS Launch: conventional wheeled Recovery: conventional wheeled Structure Material: semi-monocoque composite using pre-iimpregnated bi-directional graphite skin and Nomex honeycomb stiffening panels Status: in service

USA GA-ASI UAV
Name:  Predator B / MQ-9 Reaper   Region:  USA and Canada    Country:  USA    Category:  UAV    Company:  GA-ASI   
Predator B / MQ-9 Reaper

Use(s): reconnaissance, overland and maritime surveillance, target acquisition/designation, weapons delivery, communications relay, EW, SIGINT Manufacturer: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Customers/Users: US Air Force, US Navy, UK Royal Air Force, US Department of Homeland Security, NASA Powerplant: Honeywell TPE 331-1 OTkW turboprop Dimensions: length: 11 m, wingspan: 20m Weight: empty: 1,678kg, MTOW: 4,763kg, max payload internal: 385kg, external: 1,361kg Performance: speed: 240+kt, endurance: 30+hr, ceiling: 50,000ft Payload: EO/IR, Lynx SAR/GMTI, SIGINT/ESM, multi-mode maritime radar, AIS, communications relay, Hellfire missiles, GBU-12 and GBU-38 Data Link: C-band LoS, Ku-band BLoS satcom Guidance/Tracking: INS/GPS Launch: conventional wheeled Recovery: conventional wheeled Structure Material: semi-monocoque composite using pre-iimpregnated bi-directional graphite skin and Nomex honeycomb stiffening panels Status: in service

USA GA-ASI UAV
Name:  Predator C Avenger   Region:  USA and Canada    Country:  USA    Category:  UAV    Company:  GA-ASI   
Predator C Avenger

Use(s): reconnaissance, overland and maritime surveillance, target acquisition/designation, weapons delivery, communications relay, EW, SIGINT Customers/Users: not yet being used Manufacturer: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Powerplant: PW545B turbofan Dimensions: length: 13.4m, wingspan: 20.11m Weight: MTOW: 7,257kg, max payload: internal: 1,855kg, total: 2,722kg Performance: speed: 400kt; endurance: 20hr, ceiling: 50,000ft Payload: EO/IR, Lynx SAR/GMTI, SIGINT/ESM, communications relay, Hellfire missiles, GBU-12/49, GBU-16/48, GBU-31, GBU- 32, GBU-38, GBU-39, Data Link: C-band LoS, Ku-band BLoS satcom Guidance/ Tracking: INS/GPS Launch: conventional wheeled Recovery: conventional wheeled Structure Material: semi-monocoque composite using pre-impregnated bi-directional graphite skin and Nomex honeycomb stiffening panels Status: in production and test



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