UAS & Robotics

Navy expands Global Hawk missions

The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman a $10 million contract modification to provide additional support to the Global Hawk Maritime Demonstrator, according to Washington Technology, a Defense Systems sister publication. 

The contract will support 15 maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions per month, an increase from the nine Northrop Grumman currently performs. Work will take place in Patuxent River, Md., and is expected to be completed by May 2014.

The Navy’s RQ-4A Global Hawk aircraft can fly up to 60,000 feet above ground for more than 30 hours above most weather. Imagery and other data are obtained by satellite and relayed to Navy ground stations consisting of a mission control, launch and recovery elements along with a tactical auxiliary ground station.

The Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator currently supports operations under U.S. Northern Command.

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