Sunday, April 10, 2016

Air Force, Navy Mull Integrating Global Hawk, Triton Drones

The U.S. Air Force and Navy are looking at ways to boost surveillance and intelligence gathering by integrating two very similar drones — the Air Force’s RQ-4 Global Hawk and the Navy’s MQ-4C Triton.
“Clearly it’s a common platform. I think there are opportunities,” Air Force Gen. Frank Gorenc, commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe, told reporters this week.
Gorenc, who spoke during a breakfast with defense reporters on Tuesday in Washington, D.C., said he wants to learn about ways to integrate the two remotely piloted aircraft systems.
Northup Grumman Corp. makes both variants of the drone. The intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft have identical airframes, including the same wingspan, length and height, the same maximum takeoff weight of 32,250 pounds and same 60,000-foot ceiling. more