NATO is expected to purchase 5-8 Block 40s with an RTIP that has added maritime and synthetic-aperture-radar modes. One defense official suggests that the Air Force's eight aircraft could be transferred to NATO, if the service terminates the Block 40.
Germany has procured a single Global Hawk to carry an indigenous signals-intelligence collection payload. The defense ministry could buy four more of the aircraft.
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Global Hawk Orders and Deliveries
|Block 0Advanced Concept TechnologyDemonstration Aircraft||USAF||7||7||3 transferred to NASA, 1 at USAF museum 3 lost: 1 in early flight, 2 in wartime ops|
|Block 10||USAF||9||9||2 in USAF museums 5 transferred to Navy (one lost in ops) 2 transferred to NASA|
|Block 20||USAF||6||6||4 converted to carry a communications relay 2 test aircraft|
|Block 30 ||USAF||31 planned 18 ordered||16||21 authorized by Congress; remaining 10 proposed for termination; USAF also proposes mothballing delivered aircraft|
|Block 40||USAF||11||8||in development, testing|
|TritonBroad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS)||Navy||68||0||in development|
|NATO AGSAlliance Ground Surveillance||NATO||5||0||in development|
|Euro Hawk||German defense ministry||1||1||4 additional may be procured|