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SO/LIC 2019: USSOCOM seeks to shrink sensors for drones

8th February 2019 - 15:00 GMT | by Marc Selinger in Washington, DC


US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is looking to miniaturize sensors its uses on large unmanned aircraft systems so they can be flown on smaller UAS as well, according to a command official.

US Air Force Col Melissa Johnson, USSOCOM’s program executive officer for fixed-wing aircraft, said on 6 February that she envisions that Group 2 UAS, which weigh 21-55lb, and Group 3 UAS, which weigh under 1,320lb, would be able to carry sensors now used by Group 5 UAS, which exceed 1,320lb. 

SOCOM is particularly interested in shrinking the size of ‘find and fix’ sensors, such as EO/IR payloads used

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Marc Selinger


Marc Selinger

Marc is a freelance contributor to Shephard Media's news streams, with decades of experience writing …

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