Block 30M RQ-4B Global Hawk  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2017
Total Production: 3
Unitary Cost: USD$118 million
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Northrop Grumman
Parent System: RQ-4 Global Hawk
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): November 2001
Maiden Flight: 28 February 1998
Total Production: 119
Total Cost: USD$28 billion
Family Members: Euro Hawk, MQ-4C BAMS Triton, RQ-4 Block 30 Global Hawk, RQ-4 Block 40 Global Hawk, RQ-4A Global Hawk and RQ-4B Global Hawk
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Description: The RQ-4 Global Hawk is a high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aircraft with an integrated sensor suite that provides intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities all over the world. The RQ-4 program was developed for the United States Air Force (USAF) by Northrop Grumman in the 1990s and will eventually replace the venerable U-2 manned reconnaissance aircraft. The program started as an advanced concept technology demonstrator (ACTD) in 1995 with the aim to deliver an all-weather, day/night, wide-area surveillance system. The first aircraft was delivered to the USAF in November 2001 to support the Global War on Terror (GWOT) with the RQ-4 system reaching full operational capability by 2012. USAF plans call for the procurement of 77 aircraft (cut down to 66 aircraft in 2011) with the US Navy to procure an undisclosed number of RQ-4Ns beginning in 2014. Germany is the first export customer with five Euro Hawks on order.

The Global Hawk system consists of the RQ-4 air vehicle; mission control element (MCE) with two workstations for a pilot and a sensor operator crew; launch and recovery element (LRE) also operated by pilot with his workstation acting as the cockpit; a wide variety of sensors; command and control links covering health and status of the aircraft, sensors, navigational systems and communication links; support element; and trained personnel. The Imagery Intelligence (IMINT) sensors include synthetic aperture radar, electro-optical and medium-wave infrared sensors, and active electronically scanned array radar. The system offers a wide variety of employment options. The long range and endurance of this system allow tremendous flexibility in meeting mission requirements. In the United States Department of Defense (DoD) parlance 'R' refers to Reconnaissance and 'Q' refers to unmanned aircraft system.

The US Air Force (USAF) Block 30M RQ-4B Global Hawk is an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform with additional Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) capabilities. The aircraft is equipped with an Enhanced Integrated Sensor Suite (EISS) and an Airborne Signals Intelligence Payload (ASIP). The USAF awarded a $355 million contract to Northrop Grumman for an initial three Block 30M aircraft in August 2014 with deliveries due to complete in 2017.

Block 30M RQ-4B Global Hawk Specifications

Crew: 0
Number of Engines: 1
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Block 30M RQ-4B Global Hawk News

There are 2 news between
15 Aug 2014 and 15 Sep 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014US Air Force Ordrers Three More RQ-4 Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft
Friday, August 15, 2014US Air Force Orders Three Block 30M RQ-4B Global Hawk Air Vehicles

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United States of America3

Grand Total 31
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