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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Northrop's Euro Hawk Endures

Defense operator Northrop Grumman Corporation (NOC - Analyst Report) and Cassidian, the defense and security division of European Aeronautics, Defense & Space Co., have jointly developed an unmanned aircraft system for the German Air Force. The aircraft Euro Hawk successfully passed the endurance test with a 30.3-hour flight over Edwards Air Force Base, California.

Euro Hawk (R) is the first international configuration of the RQ-4 Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft system. This aircraft has already logged 100 total flight hours since its first flight five months ago. Euro Hawk will undergo some more test flights before it is delivered to the German Air Force in end 2011.

With a wingspan larger than a commercial airliner, 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 aging German fleet of manned Breguet Atlantic aircraft.

Northrop Grumman has been working to develop unmanned aircraft jointly with other defense operators. Recently, Fire-X, a vertical unmanned air system developed by Northrop Grumman and Bell Helicopter, a Textron Company (TXT - Analyst Report), completed its first fully autonomous flight.'s+Euro+Hawk+Endures

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Bundeswehr - Erstflug des EURO HAWK

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