Canada should let Polar Hawk recon Arctic, Northrop says

Canada has received an unsolicited proposal from Northrop Grumman to furnish three modified RQ-4B Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles to provide surveillance of the country vast Arctic territories, reports Aviation Week.

The proposal was timed to coincide with the Canadian National Defense Department's effort to restart its long-delayed Joint Unmanned Surveillance Target Acquisition System (JUSTAS) procurement of armed UAVs, the story said. The revised JUSTAS acquisition omits the originally planned second phase for Arctic surveillance.

Northrop Grumman has teamed with Canadian military-aircraft support provider L-3 MAS for the Polar Hawk bid, the story said.

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