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Raytheon contract to provide support of Enhanced Integrator Sensor Suite of RQ-4 Global Hawk drone


According to a contract published on December 18, 2020, by the United States Department of Defense, American company Raytheon Co., El Segundo, California, has been awarded a $10,873,024 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the sustainment of the Enhanced Integrator Sensor Suite (EISS) for the RQ-4 Global Hawk program. This contract provides for contractor logistics support and sustainment of the EISS on the RQ-4 Global Hawk aircraft.

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Raytheon contract to provide support of Enhanced Integrator Sensor Suite of RQ 4 Global Hawk drone 925 001 An RQ-4 Global Hawk, assigned to the 319th Operations Group Detachment 1, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, lands at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May, 30, 2020, for a rotational deployment. (Picture source US Air Force)


The RQ-4 Global Hawk is a high-altitude, remotely-piloted, surveillance aircraft designed and manufactured by the American company Northrop Grumman.

The RQ-4 Global Hawk is fitted with an integrated sensor suite that provides intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. The drone is able to provide a broad spectrum of ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) collection capability to support joint combatant forces in worldwide peacetime, contingency and wartime operations.

The Raytheon Technologies-built EISS enables Global Hawk to scan large geographic areas and produce outstanding high-resolution reconnaissance imagery. To provide Global Hawk with its broad sensing, night vision and radar detection capabilities, EISS combines a cloud-penetrating synthetic aperture radar (SAR) antenna with a ground moving target indicator (GMTI), a high resolution electro-optical (EO) digital camera and an infrared (IR) sensor. A common signal processor, acting as an airborne super-computer, ensures that all elements work together.

Complementing Raytheon Intelligence & Space's powerful sensors, multi-INT enhancements are available to supplement the aircraft's already superior electronics. These include communications, signals, and electronics intelligence capabilities (COMINT, SIGINT, ELINT) that increase the aircraft's mission adaptability.

Using the coordinates of a signal's location, our military customers can engage sensors, and even weapons systems, to direct network-centric operations and intelligence.