Aerosonde UAS Provides Further Extended Range ISR Services to US Navy

Textron's Aerosonde UAS will provide operational support to the USS Miguel Keith By Mike Ball / 26 Oct 2022
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Textron Systems has confirmed that it has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to provide UAS (unmanned aerial systems) operational support to the USS Miguel Keith, designated ESB-5. The contract builds on the four-year extension of USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB-4) and joins two DDG-class ships, bringing the total number of U.S. Navy ships supported by the Aerosonde UAS system to four.

Under this contract, Textron Systems will deploy its Aerosonde UAS to provide extended range intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) services with enhanced mission payloads aboard the ESB-5. The company’s Field Service Representatives (FSR) will work alongside the sailors onboard to provide support for a variety of maritime missions.

The Aerosonde system has amassed more than 585,000 flight hours while serving multiple U.S. and international allies. It is designed for expeditionary land- and sea-based operations in austere environments and is equipped for multiple payload configurations.

Wayne Prender, Senior Vice President of Air Systems at Textron, commented: “There are numerous vessels of opportunity with the Navy that can benefit from consistent multi-INT ISR. Through this fee-for-service contract, the Navy can continue to mature future shipboard ISR requirements while supporting existing real-world missions. We are already seeing the benefits for DDG and ESB- class ships, and we continue to optimize our services to deliver the unique operational and logistical capabilities our customers demand in order to accomplish their mission and keep our sailors safe.”

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact