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GERMAN SENSOR TESTED ON SPY PLANE EURO HAWK SURVEILLANCE BASED ON GLOBAL HAWK.

Byline: Daily News

PALMDALE - Northrop Grumman said German-built electronics intelligence equipment was tested successfully aboard a U.S. Air Force RQ-4A Global Hawk unmanned spy plane.

U.S. Air Force and German Ministry of Defense officials conducted the demonstration during flight tests Nov. 17 and 22 at Edwards Air Force Base, Northrop Grumman said.

The test demonstrated the ability of the sensor built by German defense firm EADS to reliably disseminate information via data link to the ground station.

The tests were done in preparation for a Global Hawk electronics intelligence demonstration scheduled for next spring in Germany.

``EADS and Northrop Grumman started the Euro Hawk initiative 2 1/2 years ago. We are proud to see how far this project has progressed since, and we are proud of our teams and their great work. Euro Hawk is fully supported by the U.S. and German air forces, and it will play a pivotal role in the future European intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance structure, including the recently launched NATO air-ground surveillance program,'' said Dr. Thomas Enders, head of the EADS Defence and Civil Systems Division.

The Northrop Grumman and EADS system concept for Euro Hawk is based on Global Hawk, which is produced in Palmdale, and would meet a German desire for a long-range reconnaissance and surveillance plane.

Euro Hawk is being developed as a candidate to replace the Breguet Atlantic 1150 signals intelligence plane that will be phased out of the German military beginning in 2008.

Euro Hawk will be designed for high altitudes and long flight times for standoff reconnaissance and surveillance. A ground station for data evaluation will be developed to meet German operational requirements.

``The Global Hawk German ELINT demonstration illustrates our progress in cooperatively developing robust unmanned systems,'' said Scott J. Seymour, president of Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems.
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