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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

BAMS Undergoes Critical Design Review

Northrop Grumman said conducted a critical design review of the MQ-4C Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System (BAMS) with the U.S. Navy in February.

The MQ-4C system CDR, which was preceded by 10 subsystem and segment CDRs, sets the initial product baseline for the MQ-4C, a marinized version of the U.S. Air Force RQ-4B Global Hawk. Changes to the RQ-4B include a stronger wing, an ice protection system and a sensor suite based on components or entire systems already fielded in the Department of Defense inventory.

The first two fuselages of the program’s System Development and Demonstration phase are under construction at Northrop Grumman’s Moss Point, Miss., facility, with the first to ship in April to the company’s Palmdale, Calif., manufacturing center for final assembly and first flight in 2012.

The BAMS program is managed by the Navy’s Program Executive Office, Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons Persistent Maritime Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Office (PMA-262) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.
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