Aircraft - Northrop Grumman RQ-4B / EADS EuroHawk

Aircraft - Northrop Grumman RQ-4B / EADS EuroHawk

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The German Luftwaffe has ordered a variant of the RQ-4B equipped with European sensors, dubbed EuroHawk. It combines a normal RQ-4B airframe with an EADS reconnaissance payload. The aircraft is based on the Block 20/30/40 RQ-4B, but will be equipped with EADS' SIGINT package to fulfil Germany's desire to replace their aging Dassault-Breguet Atlantique electronic surveillance aircraft. That sensor package comes in the form of six wing mounted pods, a first for the Global Hawk. The EuroHawk was officially rolled out on October 8, 2009, and is slated to undergo several months of flight testing at Edwards Air Force Base before flying to Germany. A first batch of 5 EuroHawks will be delivered for the Luftwaffe from 2010 on.
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