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Japan requests three RQ-4 Block 30 Global Hawk UAVs.

| 2015
World Aviation Defense & Security News - Japan
Japan requests three RQ-4 Block 30 Global Hawk UAVs
The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Japan for RQ-4 Block 30 Global Hawk remotely piloted aircraft and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.2 billion, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). The total estimated value is $1.2 billion.
Japan requests three RQ 4 Block 30 Global Hawk UAVs 640 001A US Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk UAV
The Government of Japan has requested a possible sale of three RQ-4 Block 30 Global Hawk Remotely Piloted Aircraft with Enhanced Integrated Sensor Suite (EISS), eight Kearfott Inertial Navigation System/Global Positioning System (INS/GPS) units (2 per aircraft with 2 spares), eight LN-251 INS/GPS units (2 per aircraft with 2 spares).

Also included with this request are operational-level sensor and aircraft test equipment, ground support equipment, operational flight test support, communications equipment, spare and repair parts, personnel training, publications and technical data, U.S. Government and contractor technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated value of MDE is $.689 billion. The total estimated value is $1.2 billion.

"The proposed sale of the RQ-4 will significantly enhance Japan’s intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities and help ensure that Japan is able to continue to monitor and deter regional threats," the DSCA said in a statement.

The principal contractor will be Northrop Grumman Corporation in Rancho Bernardo, California.

The RQ-4 Global Hawk is a high-altitude, long-endurance, remotely piloted aircraft with an integrated sensor suite that provides global all-weather, day or night intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability. Global Hawk can carry out reconnaissance missions in all types of operations. The 22,780 km range and 32-hour endurance of the air vehicle, combined with satellite and line-of-sight communication links to ground forces, permits worldwide operation of the system. High-resolution sensors, including visible and infrared electro-optical systems and synthetic aperture radar, will conduct surveillance over an area of 40,000nm² to an altitude of 19.8 km in 24 hours.



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