Thewill provide the with a persistent maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) system to protect the fleet and provide a capability to detect, track, classify, and identify maritime and littoral targets.
RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned air vehicle, will be the platform for the suite of sensors and communications systems. ’s multi-mission maritime ISR system will support a variety of missions while operating independently or in direct collaboration with other assets such as the new P-8 Poseidon. The new will be able to provide a continuous on-station presence while conducting open-ocean and littoral surveillance of targets. When operational, will play a key role in providing commanders with a persistent, reliable picture of surface threats, covering vast areas of open-ocean and littoral regions, minimizing the need to utilize other manned assets to execute surveillance and reconnaissance tasks.’s , a marinized version of the
RQ-4N BAMS team members include:, which will support the Mission Control System segment and provide the electro-optical/infrared sensor; L-3 Communications, which will provide communications integration; Aurora Flight Sciences, which will provide the V-tail assembly and other composite structures; Rolls-Royce Corporation, which will provide the aircraft engine; Sierra Nevada Corporation, which will provide the Electronic Support Measures system; and Vought Aircraft Industries, which will supply the wing.
“was chosen for the BAMS UAS SDD contract based upon a deliberate and meticulous source selection process designed to make a best value determination on behalf of the Navy,” said Captain Robert Dishman, program manager, PMA-262. “With as our industry partner, we are ready to begin SDD and take the next step towards delivering a persistent maritime ISR capability to the Fleet and warfighter.” In addition to serving as the Navy’s BAMS prime contractor and unmanned aerial vehicle supplier, has developed the BAMS Multi-Function Active Sensor active electronically scanned array radar at its Norwalk, Conn., facility.