Thursday, January 5, 2012

High-Altitude Navy Drone to Track Hundreds of Ships Simultaneously

[ via Business Insider ] 5 Jan

The testing of the Navy's new long-range, high-altitude surveillance drone may be done from Japan, but its operators are looking to Iran, and counting the days until they can assign it to the Fifth Fleet in the Persian Gulf.

BAMS will be modified version of RQ-4 Global Hawk pictured above [ Photo: Lockheed Martin ]
Seth Robson at Stars and Stripes reports the unnamed drone currently called the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) system may help keep an eye on the Iranian Navy and its possibly nefarious plans for U.S. forces in the region.

The BAMS will likely be a modified RQ-4 Global Hawk with modified radar, powerful cameras, and infra-red sensors allowing it to track hundreds of ships at any one time — it's expected to enter service in 2015.

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