|Global Hawk Returns from 'Down Under' |
Global Hawk Returns from 'Down Under'
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio -- June 8, 2001 (AFPN) -- The Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicle returned to the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on June 8 after a six-week deployment in Australia.
"The Australian deployment has been a tremendous success," said Col. Wayne Johnson, director of the Global Hawk Program for the Reconnaissance Systems Program Office here. "We will use the lessons learned from this deployment to better meet the warfighter's needs when the system is operational."
While deployed, the UAV completed 11 sorties for a total of 238.3 flight hours. Four of those missions were flown in support of Tandem Thrust '01, a joint-force exercise held at various locations across the country. The deployment was intended to help U.S. Air Force and Ministry of Defence officials determine Global Hawk's future military utility in Australia.
Global Hawk Air Vehicle No. 5 "Southern Cross II" completed its 89th mission for a total of 1,182 program flight hours to date.