Following the announcement of an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract modification by the US Air Force for its newest Fast-Jet reconnaissance pod, the MS-110 Multispectral Airborne Reconnaissance system, Collins Aerospace sees a very strong demand for the system throughout Europe and NATO partners.
The MS-110 is the follow-on to the widely deployed DB-110 system. It offers a multi-band, true-colour capability that significantly increases the intelligence value of the collected imagery with features that include features to identify camouflage and increased spatial resolution. The system provides a stand-off range capability approaching 100NM and the ability to image over 40,000 Square Miles per hour during both day and nighttime.
The legacy DB-110 system has the largest worldwide installed base of any long range reconnaissance pod with 18 customers who have purchased 89 pods examples.
Current operational platform installations of Collins’ DB and MS-110 systems are primarily on F-16 as well as business jet class multi-intelligence aircraft such as Bombardier’s GLOBAL EXPRESS and the P-3 Maritime Patrol Aircraft. Collins has demonstrated a lightweight pod version of the system on the General Atomics MQ-9 where the stand-off range capability of the sensor would help reduce the threat presented by advanced, longer range surface to air weapons.
The MS-110 in the fast jet pod is also compatible with the F-18 SUPER HORNET which is under consideration in several European fighter competitions. As a full ‘end-to-end’ system, an MS-110 programme includes sophisticated mission planning computers as well the company’s SCI-Toolset suite of ground station exploitation software. A new ‘on-demand’ data link has also been added which greatly increases the system’s utility for indications and warning missions during periods of escalating tensions or actual combat operations.