Report: CBP to Upgrade Drone Aircraft Payload

The Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Patrol plans to modernize the payload of its unmanned aircraft system in an effort to bolster security, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, the Atlantic Wire has reported.

Philip Bump writes the upgrade could cover the synthetic aperture radar, ground moving target and micro-motion target indicators, automatic target recognition and correlation, as well as new surveillance, detection, classification, identification and prosecution capabilities for the UAS.

The Federal Aviation Administration has authorized the modernization intended to enhance communication, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management equipment, according to Atlantic Wire.

CBP provided a fact sheet stating the multi-spectral targeting system’s existing capabilities comprise electro-optical and infrared sensors, as well as surface search radar and ground moving target indicator, the publication reported.

Bump reports Raytheon also detailed the drone system’s technologies such as long-range surveillance, high-altitude target acquisition, tracking, rangefinding and laser designation for the HELLFIRE missile and for all tri-service and NATO laser-guided munitions.

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