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    The US Air Force announced that a year of research has ended with a series of demonstrations on DC-3 aircraft of a modular system for the Reaper drone with multiple, interchangeable sensor systems.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — A year of research has ended with a series of demonstrations on DC-3 aircraft of a modular system for the Reaper drone with multiple, interchangeable sensor systems, the US Air Force announced in a press release on Thursday.

    "AgilePod is a game-changer," Air Force Research Lab Sensors Directorate Program Manager Capt. Russell Shirey said. "This is a unique opportunity to highlight the benefits of modular open system architectures for airborne platforms."

    A mixture of different pod configurations, ranging from 28 to 60 inches in length, are being tested on the DC-3, enabling simultaneous use of multiple sensors including high-definition video, radar, infrared sensors and more, the release explained.

    The Air Force plans to integrate the AgilePode on its MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle later this year, according to the release.

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