"Dash X" Proposal by Northrop

"Dash X" Proposal by Northrop 8 December, 2017

Northrop Grumman proposes a canister-launched UAV for Boeing E/A-18G Growler upgrade.

During a tour at its mission systems facility in Maryland this week, Northrop’s Mission Systems naval aviation campaign director showed off the expanded UAV and its compact form folded inside a cluster munition-type canister. During the flight demo, Northrop modified and used a Bombardier Dash 8 with a sensor suite, which directed the UAV to change missions and locations in real time. The platforms were able to detect, identify and geolocate the object while deployed.

The Dash X unmanned aerial vehicle measures about 12 feet and can operate for 10 hours at a speed of 60 knots. The UAV is intended to perform intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. 

The system was co-developed with VX Aerospace, a Morganton, North Carolina-based advanced composites manufacturing and design company. 

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