Landing of 1st RQ-4 Global Hawk

03.06.2011 Aviation & Space
Landing of 1st RQ-4 Global Hawk

Landing of 1st RQ-4 Global Hawk

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The first RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) arrived at Grand Forks Air Force Base, the second main operating base in the United States for the aircraft. The Global Hawk arrived from Beale Air Force Base, California, on May 26, Northrop Grumman said.

Both Block 20 and 40 Global Hawks will be controlled from Grand Forks. The Block 40 Global Hawk will deploy from the Grand Forks main operating base to any location worldwide.

The Block 40 Global Hawks are equipped with the Northrop Grumman AN/ZPY-2 Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program sensor, built with teammate Raytheon Space and Missile Systems.

RQ-4A Global Hawk is a high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial reconnaissance system which provides military field commanders with high resolution, near real-time imagery of large geographic areas.

The program is funded by the Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office (DARO) and managed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the US Air Force.

Northrop Grumman Corporation, Ryan Aeronautical Centre is the prime contractor and the principal suppliers include Raytheon Systems (sensors), Rolls-Royce North America (turbofan engine), Boeing North American (carbon fiber wing) and L3 Communications (communications system).

The Global Hawk air vehicles are built at the Northrop Grumman (formerly Teledyne Ryan) aeronautical facility in San Diego, California.


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