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Tests Find Global Hawk Not Mission-Ready

June 08 2011


The RQ-4 Global Hawk Block 20/30 high-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has not met its initial operational test requirements of the Pentagon, reports Aviation Week & Space Technology.

The system is "effective with significant limitations ... not suitable and partially mission capable" for high-altitude imagery and signals intelligence collection missions, according to Maj. Gen. David Eichorn, who heads the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center in...

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