Northrop Grumman has indicated that several countries have expressed interest in buying its global hawk unmanned aircraft, Reuters reported Monday.
Andrea Shalal-Esa writes that George Guerra, vice president of high-altitude long-endurance systems at Northrop Grumman, is scheduled to broker a deal with Japan for four global hawks, Canada is looking at the Air Force version, while Australia and Norway are favoring the Navy variant.
Additionally, Northrop is now building five Block 40 versions for NATO and remains in talks to sell four Euro Hawks to Germany.
Guerra told Reuters the company is continuously looking to resolve production, operating costs and other issues impeding new orders, adding that he stands by the HALE aircraft, which has accumulated 100,000 flight hours since it flew in 1998.
He said the drone’s selling point has been its versatility.
The Global Hawk has performed high-profile surveillance missions for USAF, provided real-time data from forest fires in the western region to earthquakes in Asia, and assisted in hurricane studies for NASA.