Tag Archives: RQ-4 Global Hawk

Air Force Receives Northrop-Built Global Hawk UAS With Battlefield Airborne Comms Node

Northrop Grumman has delivered an RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system equipped with the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node to the U.S. Air Force. The company said Thursday it developed BACN to translate and distribute voice communications and other battlespace information from multiple sources to disparate users and networks. BACN is designed to also integrate …

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Northrop Unveils North Dakota-Based Autonomous Tech Facility

Northrop Grumman has unveiled a new 36,000-square-foot facility in Grand Forks, North Dakota, that is built to foster the use of autonomous systems. The company said Friday the facility is located the Grand Sky Unmanned Aerial Systems Business and Aviation Park and focused on research and development, operations and mission analysis, aircraft maintenance, maintainer, …

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Northrop Begins UAV Multispectral Sensor Payload Test

Northrop Grumman has conducted an inaugural flight test of a multispectral sensor payload onboard a high-altitude long-range unmanned aircraft system. Northrop said Wednesday it integrated the MS-177 sensor into an RQ-4 Global Hawk drone during the test flight held at the company’s facility in Palmdale, California. The sensor is designed to find targets with broad area search and sensing methods as well …

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Northrop Gets $55M Contract Modification to Support USAF’s Airborne Comms Platform

Northrop Grumman‘s information systems business has secured a $55.3 million  contract modification to provide comprehensive support services for an airborne communications platform of the U.S. Air Force. The Defense Department said Friday the modification covers aircraft subsystems,  facilities, personnel and support equipment for the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node E-11A system. DoD noted that …

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Air Force, Rolls-Royce Unveil Global Hawk Engine Maintenance Depot in Oklahoma; Phil Burkholder Comments

The U.S. Air Force has partnered with Rolls-Royce to unveil a 14,500-square-foot facility at Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex on Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma designed to accommodate repair, maintenance and overhaul work on the F-137 engine. F-137 is an 8,000-pound Rolls-Royce-made turbofan engine that works to power the Northrop Grumman-built …

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Northrop Recognized for James Webb Space Telescope Program; Scott Willoughby Comments

Northrop Grumman has received Aviation Week magazine’s Program Excellence award for the company’s program goal achievement and leadership role in the development of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. Scott Willoughby, vice president and James Webb Space Telescope program manager at Northrop, was selected in the subsystem research and design category for delivering …

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UTC to Integrate Sensor Tech Into Air Force ISR System; Kevin Raftery Comments

Lockheed Martin has awarded a contract to United Technologies Corp. to integrate a sensor system with the U.S. Air Force’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance collection and processing infrastructure. UTC said Monday its aerospace systems unit will perform a study on the integration of the MS-177 sensor system into the Distributed Common Ground System to help …

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Air Force, Northrop Develop ISR Payload Adapter for Global Hawk UAS

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Northrop Grumman has worked with the U.S. Air Force‘s Life Cycle Management Center and Air Combat Command to develop an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance payload adapter for the Block 30 RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system. The parties built the IPA technology under a cooperative research-and-development agreement as part of efforts to link existing and future data-gathering sensors with …

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Firstec, KJF Deliver Components to Northrop for South Korea’s Global Hawk

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Northrop Grumman has received component parts from Korea Jig and Fixture and Firstec for integration with South Korea’s RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial system. Northrop said Thursday it received deliveries of KJF-built aerospace-grade machine parts after Firstec handed the wire harnesses designed to transmit electrical signals for the UAS early this …

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