Northrop Grumman demonstrated the capability to integrate multiple payloads on its Firebird optionally manned aircraft in two weeks of flying during the Empire Challenge 2011 exercise at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. The aircraft was flown with combinations of four different payloads, including three high-definition electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensor balls mounted under the fuselage, says Rick Crooks, the company’s director of special projects and Firebird program manager. The fourth system ...


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