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UTC to supply DB-110 systems to USAF

26th February 2018 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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UTC Aerospace Systems has received a contract from the US Air Force to supply the DB-110 airborne reconnaissance system, the company announced on 21 February.

The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract has an initial ceiling of $22.9 million and supports requests for the DB-110 system from multiple countries via the US foreign military sales programme.

The DB-110 is a dual-band 110in focal length reconnaissance system that is capable of producing high-resolution imagery from nadir to a stand-off range of 80 + nautical miles, day or night. The system is a derivative of the strategic Senior Year Electro-Optical Reconnaissance System sensor on the air force’s U-2 and can collect more than 10,000 square miles of high-resolution imagery per hour.

The DB-110 is operational on F-16, F-15, special mission aircraft and maritime patrol aircraft such as the P-3. It has also been demonstrated on the MQ-9 Reaper.

The IDIQ contract also includes multiple UTC Aerospace Systems ground exploitation stations that enable the ingest, exploitation, archival and dissemination of intelligence products from the DB-110 as well as from full motion video gimbals and non-traditional ISR targeting pods.

Operating as nodes within a larger network, the ground stations provide a repository for multiple intelligence products and a platform to discover and share information between broad tiers of end users.

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