Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Global Hawks set record

SAN DIEGO – Northrop Grumman Global Hawks unmanned systrems in all its variants have flown more intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission hours in one week than ever before. Global Hawks flew 781 hours from Sept. 10-16. The Air Force's RQ-4 Global Hawk flew 87 percent of the missions, while the Navy's Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstration aircraft and NASA's Global Hawk hurricane research assets flew the rest. According to Mick Jaggers, Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawk program director, there are at least two Global Hawks in the air at all times providing ISR. The company's previous weekly flight record was 665 hours set in February. (Source: Northrop Grumman via GlobeNewswire, 01/07/15) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawks are manufactured at Northrop Grumman facilities in Moss Point, Miss., and Palmdale, Calif.