Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration Vehicle Delivered and Ready for U.S. Navy's JEFX 2006
San Diego, California --
March 29, 2006 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) first
RQ-4A Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration (GHMD) unmanned air vehicle has arrived
at Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Md., and is being prepared for
participation in the U.S. Navy's Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment (JEFX)
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JEFX is a worldwide training exercise to test current joint operations. The
GHMD system will demonstrate unmanned long endurance maritime surveillance for the Navy, the Department of Defense and Homeland Security agencies. JEFX will
also test the system's ability to integrate and disseminate the maritime
intelligence information across current naval information architectures.
"GHMD will be utilized to provide the fleet with a high-altitude,
multi-sensor, long-endurance, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
collection capability for maritime concept of operations development," said Dave
Seagle, the Navy's GHMD program manager. "The system performed very well for us
during Trident Warrior '05, and we are eager to have the system participate in
the JEFX during the latter part of April."
"Northrop Grumman worked tirelessly with the Navy to stand up the base at
Patuxent River, which meant equipping the hangar with the necessary operational
elements as well as training the Navy's Global Hawk crew," said Jerry Madigan,
Northrop Grumman vice president for High-Altitude, Long-Endurance Systems. "The
combat-proven Global Hawk system can now prove its value as a maritime
surveillance asset to help keep our sailors safe on the open water and close to
The Global Hawk air vehicle arrived at Naval Air Station Patuxent River on
March 28, after flying from its test facility at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
The fully autonomous flight was monitored from Global Hawk's launch and recovery
element at Patuxent River.
Before the transcontinental flight, the Navy's two RQ-4A GHMD systems had
been deemed safe for flight in national airspace by a military airworthiness
certification issued by the U.S. Air Force, a first for an unmanned system. The
Navy also secured an FAA certificate of authorization for East Coast operations
and has issued a flight clearance letter for operations from Global Hawk's home
operating base at Patuxent River.
"This flight clearance will allow the U.S. Navy to conduct routine flight
operations with the GHMD system in and out of Patuxent River with manned
aircraft," said Terry Barefoot, Northrop Grumman's GHMD program manager.
The Global Hawk system features an unmanned aerial vehicle that flies at
altitudes over 60,000 feet above inclement weather and prevailing winds. Global
Hawk can survey vast geographic regions with pinpoint accuracy.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense company headquartered in Los
Angeles, Calif. Northrop Grumman provides technologically advanced, innovative
products, services and solutions in systems integration, defense electronics,
information technology, advanced aircraft, shipbuilding and space technology.
With approximately 125,000 employees and operations in all 50 states and 25
countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government
and commercial customers.
Contact: Revelle Anderson, Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems, (858) 618-4405, (858) 205-7694 (cellular)