Friday, June 17, 2011

Northrop Grumman presents Global Hawk

Neelam Mathews
June 17, 2011

A Request for Information sent out by the Indian government for a High-Altitude Long-Endurance (HALE) Unmanned Aircraft System has received responses including from Israel for, possibly, the Eitan and from Northrop Grumman for the Global Hawk. 

The Global Hawk is covered under the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), and exceptions have been made for NATO, Japan, Australia and Korea. It is highly likely, say defence sources, that if the government of India formally asked for the Global Hawk, it would be likely to be approved for sale.

A high profile defense delegation from India attending the Paris Air Showwill be visiting the Northrop Grumman stand to discuss the product. Northrop Grumman says it has got clearance to talk about it.

The RQ-4 Global Hawk equipped with a variety of available mission-specific sensors, they provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) information over a vast geographic area, has an endurance of 26 hours.

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