Tugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 6084 posts, RR: 10 Posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2581 times:
Northrop just won the UAV competition for the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS). Basically these are special Predator aircraft with unique sensor packages and performance capabilities, they will work closely with the new P-8. Current outlook is to have 50 BAMS working with the 100+ P-8 ASW aircraft.
From the FI article on the award:
Quote: .....a roughly 50-aircraft unmanned aircraft system (UAS) fleet to partner with the 108-fleet Boeing P-8A Poseidon....
The two fleets will focus on different missions. The P-8A will continue the P-3C’s primary focus on anti-submarine warfare, while the BAMS fleet will focus on surface and overland surveillance across a wide swath of territory.
....each responsible for maintaining a persistent surveillance vigil over a 2,000nm radius.
.... the BAMS aircraft also will be tasked to dive to low-altitude, requiring a new level of high- and low-altitude agility for a UAS fleet.