2008 04 27 US Navy BAMSUS Navy selects Global Hawk for BAMS

Northrop Grumman gewinnt Navy-Überwachungsdrohne<br /> The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation an 89-month, $1.16 billion contract for System Development and Demonstration (SDD) of the service's new 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 (ISR) 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 marinized version of the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned air vehicle, will be the platform for the BAMS UAS suite of maritime surveillance sensors and communications systems.
"This BAMS UAS contract highlights Northrop Grumman's leadership in unmanned aerial systems and its legacy of using engineering innovation to fulfill critical customer system requirements," said Gary W. Ervin, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems sector. "We're looking forward to being the Navy's partner in developing this vital capability for the service's Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces."  The Northrop Grumman BAMS UAS is a multi-mission maritime ISR system that will support a variety of missions while operating independently or in direct collaboration with fleet assets. The RQ-4N will be able to provide a continuous on-station presence while conducting open-ocean and littoral surveillance of targets. When operational, BAMS 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.

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