Northrop Delivers High-Altitude UAV to Germany

The first EURO HAWK high-altitude, long-endurance, signals intelligence unmanned aircraft system has been deployed.
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Northrop Grumman says the first of its EURO HAWK high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE), signals intelligence (SIGINT) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) arrived in Germany for delivery to defense forces less than 24 hours after taking off in California.

The German Bundeswehr took position of the EURO HAWK, which took off from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. on July 20 at 2:50 PDT (11:50 Central European Summer Time) and landed at Manching Air Base, Germany on July 21 at 10:06 Central European Summer Time.

Based on the RQ-4 Global Hawk, the EURO HAWK will carry a new SIGINT mission system developed by EADS Deutschland GmbH (Cassidian) and integrated in Manching, Northrop says.

The “arrival of the EURO HAWK on German soil marks a significant step in delivering this highly capable and unique system to the Bundeswehr,” said Nicolas Chamussy, head of UAVs, Cassidian Air Systems, and member of the board of directors, EuroHawk GmbH. With the delivery of the first EURO HAWK complete, another EURO HAWK demonstrator is scheduled to be delivered to the Bundeswehr in mid-2012, followed by another four systems scheduled tentatively between 2015 and 2017, Northrop says.

“Soon, the Bundeswehr will be able to independently cover their needs for SIGINT data collection and analysis, thus contributing to NATO, European Union and United Nations operations,” said Neset Tukenmez, chief executive officer, EuroHawk GmbH. “EURO HAWK will also serve as a working model for other programs and countries,” he added.