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AIRCRAFT RELAYS DATA TO E. COAST GLOBAL HAWK'S TEST A SUCCESS.

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EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE - Northrop Grumman Corp. said its maritime Global Hawk aircraft transmitted electronic reconnaissance data from Edwards Air Force Base to analysts at a U.S. Navy base in Maryland.

The pilotless Global Hawk sent the data via satellite to the Navy ground control station in San Diego, from where it was transmitted through a Navy information network to the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland.

The company conducted the test as part of its Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration program for the U.S. Navy. Northrop Grumman currently produces Global Hawk aircraft in Palmdale for the U.S. Air Force.

``This technical achievement is a critical step for the demonstration program and for our unmanned systems business,'' said Terry Barefoot, deputy program manager for the Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration program at Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems sector.

Operating from Patuxent River, the demonstration program will employ two RQ-4A Global Hawks to serve as test craft as the Navy develops maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance requirements. The aircraft will fly to NAS Patuxent River in late summer. The program will also support fleet experiments and exercises over the next several years.

Global Hawk craft can fly under computer guidance at 65,000 feet for more than 35 hours, able to cover an area approximately half the size of the United States in a single mission, Northrop Grumman says.
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Date:Jun 21, 2005
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