28 August 2014
Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) said that two US Air Force and US Navy unmanned aircraft systems in its high altitude long endurance series have safely surpassed 100,000 combat/operational support hours.
The Air Force Global Hawk fleet logged more than 88 percent of the global intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance information-gathering and airborne communications missions. The Navy´s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator flew the remaining hours. Combat/operational support hours are tallied separate from noncombat support hours the UAS surpassed 100,000 total hours in September 2013.
The aircrafts´ ISR missions support six combatant commands and have included contingency missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Nigeria. Global Hawk variants carry a variety of ISR sensor payloads that allow military commanders to gather near real-time imagery and use radar to detect moving or stationary targets on the ground. The system also provides airborne communications capabilities to military units in harsh environments.
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