Northrop Proposes Cost Cuts, Sensor Change To Save Global Hawk
By Graham Warwick
Source: Aerospace Daily & Defense Report
To carry the larger camera, the Block 30’s belly-mounted synthetic-aperture radar would be removed and replaced by the UPA. The SYERS-2, OBC or other sensor would then mount to the adaptor. The Block 30’s signal-intelligence sensor would remain in place.
Northrop also has submitted an unsolicited proposal to build the last three of 21 planned Block 30s. Congress provided money for the aircraft in fiscal 2013, but the Air Force has not obligated the funding, arguing it does not make sense to buy additional aircraft it does not intent to operate.
For Northrop, Vice says, the final three Block 30s are key to bridging a potential gap until the delayed production of up to 68 RQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft begins for the U.S. Navy.