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RQ-4 Block 40 Global Hawk  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2015
Maiden Flight: 16 November 2009
Total Production: 16
Unitary Cost: USD$101 million
Also Known As: RQ-4D Global Hawk and RQ-4D Phoenix
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
Maiden Flight: 28 February 1998
Total Production: 125
Total Cost: USD$28 billion
Family Members: Block 30M RQ-4B Global Hawk, Euro Hawk, MQ-4C Triton, RQ-4 Block 30 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 RQ-4 Block 40 Global Hawk, RQ-4D, unmanned aerial system (UAS) has been designed to carry the Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program (MP-RTIP) radar system. MP-RTIP will deliver synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imaging, SAR Swath imaging wide area capability and Ground Moving Target Indicator (GMTI) capability to detect and track moving vehicles on the ground. The first production Block 40 aircraft completed its first flight on November 16, 2009. The first aircraft equipped with the AN/ZPY-2 MP-RTIP sensor performed its maiden flight on July 21, 2011. NATO selected the aircraft under the RQ-4D Phoenix designation.

RQ-4 Block 40 Global Hawk Applications

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RQ-4 Block 40 Global Hawk Specifications

Crew: 0
Number of Engines: 1
Ceiling: 60,000 foot (18,288 meter)
Flight Endurance: 32 hour (1.33 day)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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RQ-4 Block 40 Global Hawk News

There are 25 news between
16 Mar 2007 and 24 Jun 2020
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Wednesday, June 24, 2020NATO RQ-4D Phoenix Completes Nine-Hour Flight
Thursday, November 21, 2019First NATO RQ-4D Global Hawk Surveillance Drone Lands in Italy
Wednesday, March 1, 2017US Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk Begins Flight Tests with MS-177 Multi-Spectral Sensor
Monday, August 22, 2016Northrop Grumman to Modernize Global Hawk's Ground Segment
Saturday, December 19, 2015NATO Global Hawk Alliance Ground Surveillance Aircraft Successfully Takes Flight
Thursday, June 4, 2015NATO's First Global Hawk Alliance Ground Surveillance Aircraft Unveiled
Sunday, January 18, 2015Japan Selects E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and RQ-4 Global Hawk to Improve Intelligence Gathering
Tuesday, August 26, 2014RQ-4 Global Hawk Demonstrates MP-RTIP Sensor Expanded Mission Capabilities
Wednesday, March 6, 2013US Air Force Joint STARS and Global Hawk Demonstrate Interoperability
Monday, January 7, 2013Northrop Grumman Delivers 37th Global Hawk to US Air Force

Operators & Related Equipment

Five aircraft ordered by NATO in May 2012
Japan selected the RQ-4 in January 2015
United States of America11
Early US Air Force plans called for 22 Block 40 aircraft but the budget review in 2011 downgraded that number to 11 aircraft
Jan 20133

Grand Total 163
Propulsion Systems
AE 3007Hx1
Protection Systems
Sensor Systems
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