Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hunter unmanned system hits milestone

Northrop Grumman's Hunter unmanned aircraft, in use with the Army since 1996, recently surpassed 100,000 flight hours in service, with more than 72,000 hours in combat. The MQ-5B Hunter is currently deployed supporting contingency operations across the globe, provides warfighters with reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition, communications relay and weapons delivery. The RQ-5A Hunter was the Army's first fielded UAS. The new generation MQ-5B is outfitted with updated equipment. (Source: Northrop Grumman via Globe Newswire, 01/12/11) Gulf Coast note: The Northrop Grumman Unmanned Systems Center, Moss Point, Miss., has done refurbishing work on Hunter aircraft.