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Collins Aerospace Systems has received a contract modification from the US Air Force for its newest Fast-Jet reconnaissance pod, the MS-110 Multispectral Airborne Reconnaissance system, the company announced on 9 March.

The newer MS-110 is a step-change advance in airborne reconnaissance, providing capabilities that are unmatched by targeting pods or sensors mounted internally, including:

  • High-resolution imagery at long/stand-off ranges for peacetime boarder surveillance or high-threat combat scenarios;
  • Advanced multispectral imagery (colour and false-colour composites) to detect targets with a higher degree of confidence or in poor weather/atmospheric conditions;
  • Wide-area coverage in high resolution;
  • Flexible planning/re-tasking for real-time dynamic operational changes by aircrew;
  • SCi-Toolset, a suite of software to help end users extract critical intelligence from the MS-110’s imagery.  

The combination of spatial and spectral resolution modalities provides customers with an exponential increase in intelligence-gathering capabilities against challenging targets,” commented Kevin Raftery, VP/GM, ISR and Space Solutions for Collins Aerospace.

An F-16 mounting the multispectral sensor pod. (Photo via Collins Aerospace)

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