Northrop Grumman Corporation announced plans to compete for and capture the U.S. Navy
's newest maritime surveillance program. The company will propose a maritime Global Hawk derivative as the centerpiece of its Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) campaign.
Northrop Grumman's BAMS UAS solution incorporates maritime capabilities into the Global Hawk Block 20 air vehicle. The system can carry up to 3,000 pounds of payload comprising a variety of sensors optimized for searching, tracking and identifying targets and collecting data over littoral areas and open ocean.
It can conduct missions from a minimum number of operating bases located around the world, putting surveillance information into the hands of fleet and combatant commanders in near-real-time. Its speed, range, payload and endurance are ideally suited to provide a persistent common operational and tactical picture (COTP), a capability not available today on any other system.
Its ability to clearly identify and track target vessels in various sea states from 12 miles above the ocean's surface will extend the Navy's reach to protect battle groups and U.S. territories as well as defend against intruders. It offers multi-channel, line-of-site, and beyond line-of-site connectivity to manned ground-, sea- and air-based\ command and control nodes. The vehicle can survey more than 40,000 square miles in just 24 hours, an area approximately twice the size of Lake Michigan.