Thursday, July 21, 2011

Euro Hawk arrives in Germany

MANCHING, Germany - The Euro Hawk unmanned aerial system, built in part in Mississippi, was delivered to the German Bundeswehr Thursday. The signals intelligence aircraft is based on the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk. It took off Wednesday from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., for the flight to Manching Air Base. The Euro Hawk will carry a new SIGINT mission system developed by EADS Deutschland, which will be integrated in Manching. Delivery of the first demonstrator to the Bundeswehr is scheduled for mid-2012, with another four systems scheduled tentatively between 2015 and 2017. Euro Hawk is the first international version of the RQ-4, which has been serving the U.S. military for a number of years. The second international version will be NATO’s AGS. (Source: Northrop Grumman via PRNewswire, 07/21/11) Gulf Coast note: The Euro Hawk was built in part in Moss Point, Miss.