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RQ-4 Block 30 Global Hawk  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): August 2011
Maiden Flight: 2009
Total Production: 4
Unitary Cost: USD$101 million
Also Known As: RQ-4C Global Hawk
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: L-3 Communications, Northrop Grumman* and Raytheon   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: RQ-4 Global Hawk
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): November 2001
Total Production: 119
Total Cost: USD$28 billion
Family Members: Block 30M RQ-4B Global Hawk, Euro Hawk, MQ-4C BAMS Triton, 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 RQ-4 Block 30 Global Hawk, RQ-4C?, is a new configuration to be equipped with the Enhanced Integrated Sensor Suite (EISS) payload replacing the ISS on the RQ-4A/B aircraft. The Block 30 aircraft also provides room for airborne signals intelligence capabilities. It is expected to conduct its first flight in 2009 with initial operational capability slated for August 2011. In January 2012 the Pentagon announced its intention to cancel the RQ-4 Block 30 program and release new plans to perform this mission with the U-2 aircraft.

RQ-4 Block 30 Global Hawk Specifications

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

There are 13 news between
16 Mar 2007 and 12 Oct 2016
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016RQ-4 Global Hawk Successfully Flies Optical Bar Camera
Friday, November 20, 2015FMS: Japan Requests Three RQ-4 Block 30 Global Hawk Aircraft
Monday, March 30, 2015Raytheon to Provide Ground Stations for South Korean Purchase of Global Hawk
Monday, February 2, 2015Northrop Grumman to Start Production on Republic of Korea Global Hawks
Tuesday, December 16, 2014Republic of Korea Buys Four RQ-4B Block 30 Global Hawk Air Vehicles
Monday, December 24, 2012FMS: South Korea Seeks Four RQ-4 Block 30 Global Hawks
Friday, February 3, 2012US Air Force Announces Proposed Force Structure Changes
Thursday, January 26, 2012The Pentagon Planning to Cancel the Global Hawk Block 30 Program
Tuesday, August 16, 2011Block 30 Global Hawk Achieves Initial Operational Capability with the US Air Force
Friday, November 20, 2009US Air Force Places Global Hawk Lot 7 Order

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
South Korea4
Four RQ-4B Global Hawk aircraft ordered in December 2014
United States of America18
YearHoldings
Aug 20119

Grand Total 222
Propulsion Systems
AE 3007Hx1
Protection Systems
AN/ALR-89x1
Sensor Systems
EISSx1
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