ASDF Receives first RQ-4B Global Hawk

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ASDF Receives first RQ-4B Global Hawk
Northrop Grumman announced that the company delivered the first of Japan’s three RQ-4B Global Hawks to Japan, Misawa Air Base, Misawa.

According to the press release, the UAV conducted a ferry non-stop transpacific flight. On Thursday, March 10, the aircraft departed from Palmdale, California, flew across the Pacific Ocean and landed 18.7 hours later on March 12.

Japan Air Self-Defence Forces (ASDF) plan to use the UAV at high-altitude surveillance missions at the Indo-Pacific Ocean. The RQ-4B may fly at an altitude of 60,000 feet and has an endurance of more than 32 hours, according to the Northrop Grumman. The aircraft has a range of 22,800 kilometres.

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