Air Force bestows excellence award on Global Hawk program

The Air Force's Northrop Grumman-built RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft program recently received the 2012 Dr. James G. Roche Sustainment Excellence Award for demonstrating the most improved performance in aircraft maintenance and logistics readiness, Northrop Grumman said Feb. 25.

The Global Hawk government and industry program team was able to increase aircraft mission capability by 26 percent in fiscal year 2012, allowing the team to execute and fly more than 13,400 hours in 2012, the company said.

The Global Hawk's mission-capable rate rose from approximately 52 percent in fiscal year 2011 to nearly 78 percent in 2012, according to the Air Force Director for Operational Test and Evaluation's annual report to the Secretary of Defense.

Air Force officials choose the award recipients by calculating the improvements for a predetermined set of metrics and multiplying each metric by a corresponding weighted value.

A total of 37 Global Hawks have been delivered to the Air Force, with additional aircraft scheduled for delivery this year, the company said.

The award is named for the 20th secretary of the Air Force, who served in the Air Force's top position from 2001 to 2005.


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