Air Force Takes Delivery of New Global Hawk

03 May 2002

The US Air Force on Tuesday took delivery of its sixth Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) version of the Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from Northrop Grumman [NOC].

The delivery of Air Vehicle (AV) six to the Air Force was made at Edwards following a four-hour mission. A 12-hour mission for the UAV is expected to take place soon, company spokeswoman Cynthia Curiel told sister publication Defense Daily. The Air Force wants to build a minimum of 51 Global Hawks.

AV six features a new paint scheme that covers much of the aircraft with a low visibility gray paint, similar to the paint scheme on most other Air Force aircraft. The paint does not cover the fiberglass domes that protect the satellite transceiver because the effect of the paint on radio transmissions is unknown at this time. The top of the wings of the aircraft were also not painted because the aircraft is unexpected to face any manned aircraft that can reach its 65,000 foot operational altitude.

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