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Northrop Grumman - Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft Reaches 10 Years of Flight, 20,000 Flight Hours.

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Northrop Grumman
: 01 March, 2008  (Application Story)
The RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial system (UAS), built by Northrop Grumman Corporation celebrated the 10th anniversary of its first flight on Feb. 28, 2008. On that date in 1998 the Global Hawk made history when it flew for one hour over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and climbed to an altitude of 32,000 feet.
'Today, this high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) system has logged more than 20,000 total program flight hours, of which more than 15,000 hours were flown in support of the global war on terrorism (GWOT),' said Jerry Madigan, Northrop Grumman vice president of HALE systems. 'Its range, endurance and multi-sensor technology capabilities make it an ideal system to support homeland security objectives.'

As the world's first fully autonomous HALE UAS providing persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to
warfighters, the Global Hawk can fly up to 65,000 feet for more than 35 hours and see through any inclement weather at any time.
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