Global Hawk German Test Flights Successful

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Test flights in Germany of the USAF Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle wrapped up successfully last week, Northrop Grumman said in a news release. The Global Hawk UAV made several flights over the North Sea, each lasting several hours. Global Hawk was able to detect and identify electromagnetic signals from a variety of sources, including air defense radars. The remotely piloted Global Hawk can range 12,000 nautical miles at up to 65,000 feet, flying for as long as 35 hours. Global Hawk can survey large geographic areas with pinpoint accuracy, to give military decision-makers the most current information about enemy location, resources and personnel, according to the USAF. Once mission parameters are programmed into the UAV, it can autonomously taxi, take off, fly, remain on station capturing imagery, return and land. Ground-based operators monitor UAV health and status, and can change navigation and sensor plans during flight as necessary.