The U.S. Navy has difficulty identifying remote threats in the Indo-Pacific region, whether they be distant warships or military units operating under jungle canopies. It appears the Air Force has a solution: a multi-spectral infrared sensor designated MS-177A that flies on both the U-2 spy plane and the Global Hawk drone. Adapting the Air Force sensor for use on Navy patrol planes and drones could eliminate capability gaps identified by both the Fifth Fleet and the Seventh Fleet. But first the Navy needs funding to test the solution in circumstances that mimic operational conditions in the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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