The Northrop Grumman RQ-8A Fire Scout UAV helicopter is the test platform for the MMSS (Image: Department of Defense)
The Multi-Mode Sensor Seeker (MMSS) provides high-resolution 3D images of suspected pirate ships that can be automatically compared against a computer database (Image: Department of Defense)
Piracy on the high seas of the 21st century requires 21st century solutions. As part of the on-going effort to curb attacks on shipping, the United States Navy will use a UAV helicopter to test a new sensor system in the waters off California during the summer of 2012. This new 3D sensor package in combination with new computer algorithms will allow the Navy to more accurately identify pirate vessels hiding among innocent shipping on the sea lanes with much greater speed and much less manpower.
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