Northrop Grumman successfully completes Japan’s second RQ-4B Global Hawk maiden flight
by Aviation Technology News
June 26, 2021
Following the successful maiden flight of Japan’s first RQ-4B Global Hawk drone in early April 2021, Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) recently completed a second drone for Japan ( UAV) for additional successful flights. The Global Hawk is the only high-altitude, long-endurance drone that provides near real-time, on-demand data around the clock.
Following the maiden flight of Japan’s first Global Hawk on April 15, 2021, Jane Bishop, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman Autonomous Systems, said: “The unarmed RQ-4B The Global Hawk drones will provide Japan with on-demand intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information to support the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s mission to protect borders, monitor threats and provide humanitarian assistance when needed.
The Global Hawk is the only high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that provides near real-time, on-demand data around the clock. Once deployed, the Global Hawk will be integrated with other Japanese intelligence assets, including ground command and control units. This capability will provide solutions to monitor and deter regional threats to ensure that Japan has an effective national security posture well into the future.
Northrop Grumman’s family of autonomous HALE systems, including the Global Hawk UAV, are an essential part of the networked global ISR collection of U.S. global allies and mutual defense organizations. Global Hawk collects ISR data to enable decision makers to take action with the right information at the right time. When Japan’s Global Hawk fleet is fully operational, it will be part of a growing list of allies operating high-altitude, long-endurance drones. The United States, Australia, NATO and South Korea will all use versions of this important state surveillance asset.