Air Force and Northrop Grumman officials officially unveiled the Block 40 RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle at the company’s Palmdale, Calif., facility June 25. It is the first of 15 aircraft in the latest iteration of the high-flying reconnaissance UAV and includes the multi-platform radar technology insertion program (MP-RTIP) sensor. USAF expects to begin fielding the Block 40 aircraft at Grand Forks AFB, N.D., next year. In a company release, Duke Dufresne, sector vice president for Northrop’s strike and surveillance systems division, said that with the new sensor, which just completed initial testing last month, “the Block 40 aircraft will provide game-changing situational awareness for our warfighters with its unprecedented capability to detect, track, and identify stationary and moving targets.” The aircraft, AF-18, is slated to begin flight tests in July.
Details Murky as ARRW Falls Short in Second Test
March 24, 2023
The second all-up flight of the AGM-183A ARRW hypersonic missile apparently fell short of expectations, but the AIr Force isn't saying how, reporting only that the test met "several of the objectives" of the test. Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control recently said he company is "ready to go" to…