HALE UAV

US Navy’s unmanned MQ-4C Triton fleet achieves IOC

Northrop Grumman’s MQ-4C Triton HALE UAV achieved Initial Operational Capability with the US Navy in early September

Australia formally activates first MQ-4C Triton unit

The Royal Australian Air Force has formally reactivated No 9 Squadron at RAAF Base Tindal – located within Australia’s Northern Territory – as the air arm prepares to welcome its first Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles in 2024

NATO receives first upgraded RQ-4D Phoenix

The first RQ-4D Phoenix HALE UAV to complete the so-called Maritime Mode software upgrade and subsequent testing with the type’s manufacturer, Northrop Grumman, was returned to the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force at Sigonella Air Base in Sicily, Italy, on September 17

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Rise of the Phoenix: Inside NATO’s AGS Force

AirForces Monthly explores the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force, which is going through a baptism of fire as it continues to monitor the war in Ukraine

US Navy orders two additional MQ-4C Tritons

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp has been awarded a contract for two additional low-rate initial production (LRIP) Lot 5 MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft systems for the US Navy

Japan’s first Global Hawk arrives at Misawa Air Base

Northrop Grumman announced on March 14 that it had successfully ferried the first of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s three RQ-4B Global Hawk HALE UAVs to Misawa Air Base in Japan

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First Triton IFC-4 UAV delivered to US Navy

The first Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) configured to the Integrated Functional Capability 4 standard has been delivered to the US Navy

Global Hawk crashes near Grand Forks AFB

While returning to Grand Forks AFB in North Dakota on August 6, a USAF Northrop Grumman RQ-4B Block 40 Global Hawk crashed at approximately 0700hrs Central Standard Time in a rural field near Gilby, North Dakota

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USAF retires BACN EQ-4B Global Hawks

USAF Northrop Grumman EQ-4B Block 20 Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) Global Hawk - serial 04-2018 ‘GF’ - made the type’s final landing back at Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota, on July 29

First flight for multi-intelligence configured MQ-4C Triton

A Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton high-altitude, long-endurance UAV has been flown for the first time in the platform’s new, highly upgraded multi-intelligence configuration