Global Hawks Surpass 1,000 Combat Hours Over Persian Gulf | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Most Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne-Monday

Airborne-Tuesday

Airborne-Wednesday Airborne-Thursday

Airborne-Friday

Airborne On YouTube

Airborne-Unlimited-02.24.22

Airborne-UnManned-01.25.22

Airborne-Unlimited-01.26.22

Airborne Special Edition-01.20.22

Airborne Special Edition-01.21.22

ANN LIVE Coverage of AEA 2021 Is Archived at www.airborne-live.net

Mon, Jun 05, 2006

Global Hawks Surpass 1,000 Combat Hours Over Persian Gulf

Representatives with Northrop Grumman told ANN Monday that two new Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial reconnaissance systems have already flown approximately 50 missions, and more than 1,000 combat hours, in support of coalition forces since their deployment in the Persian Gulf in January of this year.

The initial production versions of the Global Hawk have improved sensor capabilities over previous versions of the versatile UAV.

"Our Number 1 goal is to support the persistent intelligence collection needs of the warfighter," said George Guerra, Northrop Grumman program director for Global Hawk. "The system is quickly proving to be an even more valuable reconnaissance asset than the originally deployed assets."

"We are extremely pleased with the system's performance to date and the unique capability that it provides to the warfighter," said Col. Willie Nunn, chief of the Air Force's Air Combat Command/A8H high-altitude ISR division. "As the system continues to mature, we will be able to provide even more ISR capability to our armed forces."

The Global Hawk system was first deployed as advanced concept technology demonstration vehicles shortly following the 9/11 attacks. Global Hawks have now flown more than 6,000 hours and 260 missions in support of the global war on terror, and the family of Global Hawk aircraft has accumulated more than 10,000 flight hours over all missions.

"Reaching 10,000 program hours is truly an amazing feat, especially since the program was first put on contract just over 10 years ago and has only been flying since February 1998," said Jerry Madigan, Northrop Grumman vice president of high-altitude, long endurance systems.

The Global Hawks can operate at altitudes over 60,000 feet, and survey vast geographic regions with pinpoint accuracy. Once mission parameters are programmed into Global Hawk, the vehicle can take off, fly, return and land autonomously. It can be re-tasked at a moment's notice to meet the immediate intelligence needs of battlefield commanders.

FMI: www.northropgrumman.com

Advertisement

More News

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.23.22)

“The New York metropolitan area has been the largest market trailing 3 years for Jet Edge and compliments our already established Signature facility in Los Angeles. New York >[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.23.22): Line Up And Wait (LUAW)

Line Up And Wait (LUAW) Used by ATC to inform a pilot to taxi onto the departure runway to line up and wait. It is not authorization for takeoff. It is used when takeoff clearance >[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.23.22)

Aero Linx: Aviation Suppliers Association (ASA) Established February 25, 1993, the Aviation Suppliers Association (ASA), based in Washington, D.C., is a not-for-profit association,>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 01.19.21: Zeva Zero Flies, UAS Taxi Outlook, Censys

Also: Masten Expands, Sonex Aerospace Sold, Collier Nominations, SuperBowl TFR Zeva has completed the first untethered flight test for its Zero flying wing airframe, where the airc>[...]

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.24.22)

"Wow, I can see Dubai Expo." and "Finally, here come my friends." Source: Just some of the signage that accompanied and Emirates announcement by once again placing a flight attenda>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2022 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC