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Northrop Grumman wins contract to supply RQ-4 Global Hawk drones to South Korea

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Northrop Grumman wins contract for supplying RQ-4 Global Hawk drones to South Korea
 
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., California, has been awarded a $657,400,000 contract for aircraft for the Republic of Korea, announced yesterday December 16 the US Department of Defense. Contractor will provide four RQ-4B Block 30 Global Hawk air vehicles and ground control components.
     
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., California, has been awarded a $657,400,000 contract for aircraft for the Republic of Korea, announced yesterday December 16 the US Department of Defense. Contractor will provide four RQ-4B Block 30 Global Hawk air vehicles and ground control components. Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial systems
     
The contract, which includes two spare engines and ground control components, "will provide critically needed wide-area surveillance capability to military commanders so they can make more informed decisions," Northrop Grumman said in a statement.

The company added that it aimed to deliver the first Global Hawk in 2018.

The RQ-4 Global Hawk is a high-altitude, long-endurance, remotely piloted aircraft with an integrated sensor suite that provides global all-weather, day or night intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability. Global Hawk's mission is to provide a broad spectrum of ISR collection capability to support joint combatant forces in worldwide peacetime, contingency and wartime operations. The Global Hawk provides persistent near-real-time coverage using imagery intelligence (IMINT), signals intelligence (SIGINT) and moving target indicator (MTI) sensors.

Global Hawk is currently fielded in three distinct blocks. Block 30 is a multi-intelligence platform that simultaneously carries electro-optical, infrared, synthetic aperture radar (SAR), and high and low band SIGINT sensors. Block 30 Initial Operating Capability (IOC) was declared in August 2011.