RQ-4 Global Hawk

June 5, 2009 - 6:28am

If all goes well, the German air force could be the first air arm to routinely operate a military unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in European airspace. The first Euro Hawk should fly from the U.S. to the Manching test base in southern German during mid-2010 and begin operational flight evaluations from Schleswig-Jagel air base a year later.

August 22, 2008 - 10:40am
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The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) denied a protest by Lockheed Martin over the U.S. Navy’s selection of the Northrop Grumman RQ-4N Global Hawk UAV for the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) contract. The ruling allows Northrop to proceed with the $2.3 billion system design and development phase of BAMS.

August 5, 2008 - 10:50am

The FAA on August 15 granted the U.S. Air Force a certificate of authorization (COA) to fly its Global Hawk unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) throughout the National Airspace System (NAS), in support of homeland defense missions. The turbofan-powered, DC-3-size Global Hawk is a high-altitude (FL500+) long-range (U.S.

July 3, 2008 - 5:39am

After completion of a ?90 million ($139 million) development program funded by five countries for nearly six years, Europe has developed significant new technology for air-to-ground surveillance. But the work may not be fully exploited, since the intended follow-on program has been cancelled.

July 2, 2008 - 11:50am

After a wave of strategic acquisitions in recent years, L-3 has significantly boosted its presence as a systems integrator in complex defense programs. Alenia’s new C-27J Spartan military transport for the U.S. Joint Cargo Aircraft contract, which made its first flight last month, is L-3’s biggest task to date. The U.S.

May 23, 2008 - 5:16am
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The U.S. Navy’s choice of Northrop Grumman to provide the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) platform, using a new version of the Global Hawk UAV designated RQ-4N, has prompted a protest from competitor Lockheed Martin. According to Lockheed Martin, its bid was less than Northrop Grumman’s $1.1 billion proposal. Lockheed bid the Mariner UAV based on the Predator B, in cooperation with General Atomics.

February 21, 2008 - 4:54am

The U.S. Navy has promised to announce the winner of its Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) competition on March 5. The BAMS requirement for a high-altitude, long endurance platform has provoked an intriguing contest. Northrop Grumman was seen as the leading contender, with a version of the Global Hawk UAV equipped with a new radar from the company’s Baltimore facility, plus enhanced communications links.

February 21, 2008 - 4:54am

The U.S. Navy has promised to announce the winner of its Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) competition on March 5. The BAMS requirement for a high-altitude, long endurance platform has provoked an intriguing contest. Northrop Grumman was seen as the leading contender, with a version of the Global Hawk UAV equipped with a new radar from the company’s Baltimore facility, plus enhanced communications links.

February 19, 2008 - 3:12am

The U.S. is pushing ahead with a plan to share Global Hawk data and operations with Pacific Rim countries, but has still to define the scheme. Gen.

February 17, 2008 - 10:39pm

Raytheon believes that the global market for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) equipment is worth $20 billion over the next five years alone. As the provider of some notable airborne ISR systems to the U.S. armed forces, the company would obviously like to grab a good slice of the export action, too. But there are problems, such as affordability, and U.S. government export restrictions.

 
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