U.S. Air Force concluded a preparatory agreement with Northrop Grumman for the purchase of 3 additional high-altitude unmanned aerial systems RQ-4 Global Hawk in the amount of 114 million dollars, reports ASDNews November 8.
This agreement is preliminary and anticipates the creation of a component of drones, including intelligence equipment, the upgrading of the previously supplied UAVs. Contract is planned to finish in 2015.
«The ability of the» Global Hawk «to fly more than 30 hours in a row at a great height to perform reconnaissance missions makes it very useful for the warlords who need information in real time. This agreement is proof of our winning company that for 15 years supports this unmanned system in the U.S. and abroad, «says vice president of programs from Global Hawk George Guerra (George Guerra).
UAV can fly at altitudes of up to 60 thousand feet (18,300 m) and a range of up to 12,300 nautical miles (22,700 km). Total flight time was more than 100 thousand hours, devices used during combat operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, as well as during the earthquake in Haiti and the land of the rising sun.
In addition, the National Aeronautics and space of cosmic NASA uses these devices for scientific and environmental research. In September this year over proparhali UAV with 2 hurricanes in the framework of research programs from natural occurrence of storms in the Atlantic Ocean.