Northrop Grumman Corp. has announced the U.S. Air Force RQ-4 global hawk unmanned aircraft program has received the 2012 Dr. James G. Roche Sustainment Excellence Award for demonstrating the most improved performance in aircraft maintenance and logistics readiness.
“This prestigious award signifies the entire team is constantly striving to improve in every area and doing everything we can to support U.S. and allied troops,” said George Guerra, vice president of the global hawk program for Northrop’s aerospace systems.
The Director of Operational Test and Evaluation annual report to the Secretary of Defense highlights the increase of the global hawk’s mission-capable rate from approximately 52 percent in fiscal year 2011 to nearly 78 percent in 2012.
“Congratulations to Northrop Grumman for ensuring our warfighters are equipped with a system that is ready and available when they need it,” said Col. Carlin Heimann, global hawk system program director for the U.S. Air Force.
The award was named after the 20th secretary of the Air Force and promotes maintenance excellence.
Air Force officials select the recipients to be presented the award at a date and location to be determined.
Northrop is the prime contractor for the Global Hawk program.