Euro Hawk undergoes testing at Edwards AFB
Engineers with the 772nd Test Squadron facilitated electromagnetic interference testing on a Euro Hawk unmanned aircraft at the Benefield Anechoic Facility here March 10 and 11.
They teamed with representatives of Northrop Grumman Corporation and the German government to complete the testing.
The Euro Hawk is similar to the Air Force's operational RQ-4 Global Hawk, and although EMI testing already has been conducted on the Global Hawk, the Euro Hawk has never been flown in the unique radio frequency environment of Europe.
"There are radars and radio stations. Our civilization is filled with electromagnetic sources," said Daniel Suh, NGC Euro Hawk System engineering manager. "In highly populated areas there are more emitters so there's risk associated in flying an unmanned aircraft in those environments.
Suh said German Ministry of Defence officials specifically wanted the Euro Hawk tested at the BAF because of the facility's unique capabilities.
This is one part of the Euro Hawk's comprehensive testing at Edwards AFB that has been a collaborative effort between the U.S. military, private industry and a foreign ally.
The Euro Hawk has been undergoing flight testing at Edwards AFB since last year and is expected to complete its visit to the high desert during the summer.