USAF Demonstrates New Sensor Pod With MQ-9 UAS

The U.S. Air Force demonstrated a new sensor system during three test flights with a General Atomics-built MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft system.

The AgilePod is an Air Force-owned open architecture system designed to provide sensor pods in varying sizes for different missions, Wright Patterson Air Force Base said Tuesday.

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Sensors Program Office and the Medium Altitude Unmanned Aerial Systems Program Office partnered to conduct the tests.

“The AgilePod program began with a desire to bring agile manufacturing practices to the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance enterprise, culminating in a wholly government-owned, open architecture ISR capability that was both payload and platform agnostic,” said Andrew Soine, a program manager at AFRL’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate.

Under the Information Transfer Agreement, the Air Force shares AgilePod technical data with development partners including Leidos, AdamWorks, General Atomics and the University of Dayton Research Institute.

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