Euro Hawk The First
Unmanned Aircraft Touches Down In Germany
By Mike Mitchell
July 22, 2011 - Euro Hawk, the first high-altitude,
long-endurance (HALE), signals intelligence (SIGINT)
unmanned aircraft system (UAS) based on the RQ-4 Global
Hawk produced by Northrop Grumman for the German
Bundeswehr, successfully touched down in Manching,
Germany, on Thursday.
The Euro Hawk took off on July 20 at 2:50 PDT (11:50
Central European Summer Time) from Edwards Air Force
Base, California and landed at 10:06 Central European
Summer Time July 21 in Manching Air Base.
"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.
trans-Atlantic partnership with Northrop Grumman has helped the
entire team achieve this outstanding milestone, which also
reinforces Cassidian's role as a leader for complex UAS
solutions in Europe." Delivery of the first Euro Hawk
demonstrator to the Bundeswehr is scheduled for mid-2012, with
another four systems scheduled tentatively between 2015 and
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
T?kenmez, chief executive officer, EuroHawk GmbH. "Euro Hawk
will also serve as a working model for other programs and
Hawk marks several important milestones, it is both the first
international version of the RQ-4 and the first HALE SIGINT UAS
in Europe. NATO's AGS will follow close behind and mark the
second international RQ-4 and the second HALE UAS in Europe.
leader in advanced UAS, Northrop Grumman has the unmatched
experience to provide a strong foundation to produce
extraordinarily capable and reliable unmanned surveillance
systems," said George Guerra, vice president, HALE Systems,
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "Is a wonderful step towards
delivering the Euro Hawk to the German air force, and a great
testament to the Northrop Grumman and the EADS Deutschland GmbH
(Cassidian) team who worked diligently to make it happen."
With a wingspan larger than most commercial airliners, endurance of 30 hours and a maximum altitude of more than 60,000 feet, Euro Hawk is an interoperable, modular and cost-effective replacement to the fleet of manned Breguet Atlantic aircraft which was in service since 1972 and retired in 2010.
EuroHawk GmbH, a
50-50 joint venture of Northrop Grumman and EADS Deutschland GmbH (Cassidian),
serves as the national prime contractor for the German Ministry of
Defence through the system's entire lifecycle. Please visit
www.eurohawk.de for more information.
Cassidian, an EADS company, is a worldwide leader in global security solutions and systems, providing lead system integration and value-added products and services to civil and military customers around the globe: air systems (aircraft and UAS), land, naval and joint systems, intelligence and surveillance, cybersecurity, secure communications, test systems, missiles, and services and support solutions. Please visit www.cassidian.com for more information.
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