by Staff Writers
Manching, Germany (UPI) Jul 27, 2011
The German Bundeswehr's first Euro Hawk first high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft system is now in Germany for systems integration.
The Euro Hawk, made by Northrop Grumman for the Bundeswehr, is based on the RQ-4 Global Hawk and will be used for signals intelligence, with systems developed by EADS Deutschland GmbH (Cassidian).
The aircraft is at Manching Air Base after flying in from California.
"(The) arrival of the Euro Hawk on German soil marks a significant step in delivering this highly capable and unique system to the Bundeswehr," said Nicolas Chamussy, head of UAVs, Cassidian Air Systems, and member of the board of directors, EuroHawk GmbH.
"Our trans-Atlantic partnership with Northrop Grumman has helped the entire team achieve this outstanding milestone, which also reinforces Cassidian's role as a leader for complex UAS solutions in Europe."
Delivery of the first Euro Hawk demonstrator to the Bundeswehr is scheduled for mid-2012, with another four systems scheduled tentatively from 2015-17.
"Soon, the Bundeswehr will be able to independently cover their needs for SIGINT data collection and analysis, thus contributing to NATO, European Union and United Nations operations," said Neset Tukenmez, chief executive officer, EuroHawk GmbH. "Euro Hawk will also serve as a working model for other programs and countries."
The Euro Hawk marks several important milestones. It is both the first international version of the RQ-4 and the first HALE SIGINT UAS in Europe.
NATO's AGS will follow close behind and mark the second international RQ-4 and the second HALE UAS in Europe.
"As a leader in advanced UAS, Northrop Grumman has the unmatched experience to provide a strong foundation to produce extraordinarily capable and reliable unmanned surveillance systems," said George Guerra, vice president, HALE Systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.
"Today is a wonderful step toward delivering the Euro Hawk to the German air force, and a great testament to the Northrop Grumman and the EADS Deutschland GmbH (Cassidian) team who worked diligently to make it happen."
With a wingspan larger than most commercial airliners, endurance of 30 hours and a maximum altitude of more than 60,000 feet, Euro Hawk is an interoperable, modular and cost-effective replacement to the fleet of manned Breguet Atlantic aircraft, in service since 1972 and retired last year.
EuroHawk GmbH, a 50-50 joint venture of Northrop Grumman and EADS Deutschland GmbH, serves as the national prime contractor for the German Ministry of Defense through the system's lifecycle.
Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.
Global Hawk Completes First Full System Flight With MP-RTIP Sensor
Edwards AFB CA (SPX) Jul 27, 2011
Northrop Grumman's RQ-4B Block 40 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) completed its first full system flight with the high performance AN/ZPY-2, also referred to as the Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program (MP-RTIP) sensor. The flight took place at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on July 21. This is a first for a fleet of Block 40 Global Hawks that will be delivered to ... read more
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2011 - Space Media Network. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|