Multifunction active sensor radar flight tests commence

Northrop Grumman has started flight tests of the first developmental multifunction active sensor (MFAS) radar destined for the Navy's MQ-4C Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) unmanned aircraft system, the company said.

The sensor has been integrated into the company's Gulfstream II testbed aircraft for flight testing after having completed ground station testing last November, Northrop Grumman said, adding that the first BAMS aircraft has received its wings.

The company also said that over the next several months, testing of the MFAS radar will be broken down into radar integration, mode integration, and refinement and data collection.

The sensor operates with a rotating sensor that incorporates electronic scanning and provides mode agility to switch between various surveillance methods, the company added.

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