Japanese Global Hawks

Japan signed its order for three RQ-4 Global Hawk Block 30(I) unmanned air vehicles on November 19. Deliveries of the aircraft to the Japan Air Self Defense Force will be completed by 2022. The payload options for the Japanese Global Hawks will include an indigenous infrared sensor package. Japan decided to order the RQ-4s in 2014 and the order was approved by the US Department of State in 2015. The procurement is being handled under the US government’s foreign military sales programme.