AIN Defense Perspective » August 22, 2014

August 20, 2014 - 5:21pm
RQ-4 Global Hawk and U-2 reconnaissance aircraft

The U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman a $240 million contract modification to build three more RQ-4B Global Hawk Block 30 unmanned aircraft, each with integrated sensor suite and signals intelligence (Sigint) payloads, plus two Sigint payloads as retrofit kits. The new aircraft will join 18 Block 30 Global Hawks the service earlier planned to retire.

August 19, 2014 - 10:15pm
U.S. Air Force F-16D

The U.S. Air Force on August 19 said that it recently grounded 82 two-seat F-16D fighters following the discovery of canopy sill longeron cracks between the front and rear pilots seats. An “immediate action time compliance technical order” the service issued after post-mission flight inspections revealed initial structural cracks led to the discovery.

 

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