Curtiss-Wright supplying BAMS UAS Advanced Mission Management System

  • 04-Mar-2010 06:27 EST

At full operational capability, the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance unmanned aircraft system can provide intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance persistence over large maritime distances for long periods of time for up to five simultaneous orbits worldwide.

Northrop Grumman Corp. awarded Curtiss-Wright Corp. a $25 million contract to provide the Advanced Mission Management System (AMMS) for the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance unmanned aircraft system (BAMS UAS) program. The BAMS UAS will provide the U.S. Navy with a persistent maritime intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance system to protect the fleet and provide a capability to detect, track, classify, and identify maritime and littoral targets. Northrop Grumman's RQ-4N, a maritime derivative of the RQ-4 Global Hawk UAV, will be the platform for the BAMS UAS suite of maritime surveillance sensors and communications systems. Curtiss-Wright will design, develop, and manufacture BAMS UAS AMMS units at its Motion Control facility in Santa Clarita, CA. Hardware deliveries will start at the end of 2010 and continue through 2011.

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