Northrop Grumman to Maintain Deployment of USAF UAVs

By Caroline Rees / 22 Jun 2012

The EQ-4 Global Hawk UAV

The US Air Force (USAF) has contracted Northrop Grumman to maintain deployment of three E-11 Global Express aircraft and three EQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned air vehicles (UAV) that carry the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN), an electronic tool used to route communications signals between incompatible and out-of-range systems.

Northrop operates the E-11 aircraft and maintains both E-11 and EQ-4 payloads.

Much of the work will take place at Kandahar Air Base, the main air operations base in southern Afghanistan where the BACN-equipped aircraft are often seen. The currently-flown aircraft will soon be joined by additional EQ-4s, which are modified from ex-USAF RQ-4 Block 20 reconnaissance UAVs.

Source: Flight International

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