Say what? Block 30 Global Hawk contract still in place

Despite what Air Force officials have said about their plans to cancel Northrop Grumman's Block 30 Global Hawk program and a flood media reports indicating that such a move was imminent, the program has not been officially cancelled at this time, according to a top Northrop Grumman executive, reports Dave Majumdar at Flightglobal.

"We haven't been cancelled today," Jim Palmer, Northrop Grumman's chief financial officer, said March 13 at J.P. Morgan's aviation, transportation and defense conference in New York. "We don't know if and when we're going to be cancelled. We don't know if they're just going to let the contract run out or what they're going to do."

As part of its piece of the sweeping military budget cuts, the Air Force said it intended to terminate the Block 30 version of the Global Hawk because it would cost too much to upgrade the unmanned aerial vehicle to match the proven U-2's sensor capabilities, the story said.

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