Goodrich Corps., as part of Collins Aerospace and Raytheon Technologies, Westford, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $146,792,433 delivery order to previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract FA8620-18-D-3014 for multi-spectral intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance sensors through the Tactical Reconnaissance Pod Program MS-110 Phase 1b. This contract provides for the production, manufacturing, and testing of the new reconnaissance pod systems. Work will be performed in Westford, Massachusetts, and is expected to be completed by Nov. 30, 2025. This contract involves 100 percent Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to Taiwan and is the result of a sole-source acquisition. FMS funds for $146,792,433 are being obligated at the time of the award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
The MS-110 airborne reconnaissance system is an important advancement over the 3rd generation DB-110 providing new multi-spectral detection capabilities, improved image quality, and increased coverage in a SWaP configuration that is compatible with fast jets, ISR aircraft, and UAVs such as the MQ-9 Reaper. Multispectral imagery is defined as sensor data collected simultaneously from three or more spectral regions or bands. The same scene is imaged in all the spectral bands, with each spectral image assigned a display color and overlaid to form a multi-spectral composite image. The simultaneous multi-band imagery collection provided by the MS-110 is a battlefield discriminator that can facilitate enhanced target discrimination and change detection while defeating enemy camouflage, concealment, and deception (CC&D), and providing detailed maritime and littoral surveillance.
The airborne reconnaissance system integrates seamlessly into the existing DB-110 system CONOPS and architecture, employing common ground support equipment. The sensor is compatible with carriage on advanced fighters (US F-16, F-15, and F/A-18 as well as Gripen and other fast jet platforms), C-130s, MPA class aircraft, ISR business jets, and MALE UAVs such as MQ-9. The MS-110 enables the end-user to see ‘true color’ and to also discriminate between subtle features of a target that a traditional grayscale image cannot. Most importantly, by combining select three bands into certain composite views analysts gain unique knowledge of individual scenes enabling important military-related analytical applications. As part of an end-to-end ISR system, the Collins Aerospace SCI-Toolset suite of imagery exploitation software tools is specially configured to gain maximum benefit from the MS-110’s unique capabilities.
The MS-110 represents the next generation of the widely deployed DB-110 dual-band airborne reconnaissance system providing day and night-time, wide-area, long-range imagery coverage. MS-110 system provides improved intelligence advantage over legacy systems by using: Multispectral imaging in multiple visual and IR bands, Common ground coverage of all bands, Improved area coverage at long standoff ranges, Improved image quality (NIIRS), MS-110 multispectral airborne reconnaissance system, Imagery exploitation software designed to rapidly leverage the unique features of MS-110 imagery, Shortening sensor to shooter, timelines through rapid exploitation of
multispectral imagery via high speed and near-real-time data link capability.