RQ-4 Global Hawk

June 20, 2011 - 12:55am

The U.S. Air Force is adding new sensors to the Lockheed Martin U-2 Dragon Lady and postponing retirement of the veteran spyplane, after the Northrop Grumman Global Hawk UAV failed an operational test and evaluation (OT&E).

June 19, 2011 - 9:00pm

Raytheon’s common ground control system (CGCS) is being cast as an economical solution for controlling unmanned aircraft systems from different manufacturers. This is after it started life several years ago as a tactical control system (TCS) for the U.S. Navy.

June 19, 2011 - 10:05am

Stratospheric UAVs–mostly airships–that stay airborne flying for months or years will form a new communications and sensing infrastructure, according to the Market Intel Group (www.marketintelgroup.com). Government contracts are funding development of such UAVs at present, but commercial markets will eventually dwarf defense requirements.

May 2, 2011 - 5:05am
Honeywell's unmanned T-Hawk has flown several disaster-remediation missions a...

Honeywell Aerospace said its unmanned T-Hawk Micro Air Vehicle has flown several missions in support of disaster-remediation efforts at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility in Japan.

January 26, 2011 - 9:00am

Do UAVs threaten civil pilot careers? That’s the question that AIN posed to several attendees at a recent conference in Montreal, sponsored by industry trade group Unmanned Systems Canada. The answer: it seems unlikely, other than for young pilots just setting out on their careers, or a small number of pilots flying specialized applications.

September 3, 2010 - 8:35am
The upgraded Lockheed Martin Desert Hawk mini-UAV has an improved video senso...

An improved version of the Lockheed Martin Desert Hawk mini-UAV is now operating with the British Army in Afghanistan. The hand-launched system has an improved video sensor and a larger wing. The UK is the only announced customer for the Desert Hawk.

September 3, 2010 - 8:27am
The per-orbit-hour cost of flying the U-2 is nearly five times greater than t...

Responding to public complaints from Pentagon officials about the cost and progress of the Global Hawk program, Northrop Grumman has provided a robust defense.

July 16, 2010 - 2:52am

Fifteen years after the concept was first mooted, NATO may finally acquire an alliance ground surveillance system (AGS). Northrop Grumman last month submitted a firm baseline proposal plus options on behalf of a transatlantic consortium that also includes EADS, Selex Galileo and a variety of smaller European companies.

October 26, 2009 - 11:12am
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The first Euro Hawk UAV for the German Air Force (GAF) was unveiled last month at Northrop Grumman’s Palmdale, Calif. facility. It was apparent that the wing pods that house the SIGINT sensors, provided by EADS Defence and Security, have again grown in size, since AIN provided a description of this program at the Paris Air Show last June.

June 5, 2009 - 6:31am

Versions of the Global Hawk are proliferating, with five now in service or development for the U.S., as well as the Euro Hawk for Germany and another for the NATO-AGS (air/ground surveillance) requirement.

 
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