The Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator (BAMS-D) surpasses 10,000 flight hours April 1, marking another milestone for Navy unmanned aviation.
BAMS-D provides more than 50 percent of the maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in 5th Fleet area of responsibility, freeing manned maritime patrol assets to perform other U.S. Naval Forces Central Command missions. It has completed 412 sorties totaling more than 8,368 hours in support of combat operations.
The BAMS-D program is managed by the Persistent Maritime Unmanned Air Systems program office in Patuxent River. To date, the BAMS-D team has utilized the RQ-4A long endurance unmanned air vehicle to refine tactics, techniques and procedures for use in a maritime environment.