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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

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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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