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Global Hawk Arrives in Australia for Exercise

Global Hawk Arrives in Australia for Exercise

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio -- April 23, 2001 (AFPN) -- The Air Force's Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle made aerospace history as the first UAV to fly unrefueled 7,500 miles across the Pacific Ocean from America to Australia on April 22.

The Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Global Hawk is being developed by the Air Force as a long-endurance, high-altitude UAV intended for multiple battlefield applications. It will give military commanders the ability to "see" movements of enemy assets from great distances with startling clarity and near-real-time accuracy.

Photo by George Rolhmaller

Departing from the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., the Global Hawk, flew approximately 22 hours and arrived at Royal Australian Air Force (Base) Edinburgh near Adelaide early April 23.

The service's premier high-altitude, long-endurance intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance asset, Global Hawk will fly a total of 12 missions, demonstrating its ability to perform maritime and littoral surveillance for Australian Air Force, U.S. Air Force, Canadian Navy, U.S. Navy and Marine, and U.S. Coast Guard units participating in the allied exercise, Tandem Thrust 01.

While deployed for six weeks, Global Hawk will have the special designation of "Southern Cross II" commemorating another American-Australian pioneering aviation event. In 1928, Australian aviators Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm along with two American colleagues, navigator Harry Lyon and radioman James Warner, crossed the Pacific in a Fokker tri-motor aircraft called the "Southern Cross."

"The name, Southern Cross II, honors the first Global Hawk trans-Pacific flight to Australia in support of allied force operation 'Tandem Thrust' and signifies cooperation with and goodwill toward our Australian partners," said U. S. Air Force Col. Wayne Johnson, Global Hawk program director.

Aeronautical Systems Center, here, has managed the Global Hawk program since 1998 in conjunction with Northrop Grumman Ryan Aeronautical Systems Center, San Diego, Calif.

"This cooperative effort between Australia and the United States gives our countries a great opportunity for the continued development of the Global Hawk system," Johnson said.

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Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
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