Euro Hawk achieves first flight in Germany
Some one and a half years after its arrival in Manching, the Euro Hawk finally made its first flight test in Germany. The unmanned SIGINT platform should have been delivered to the Luftwaffe in 2012.
The Euro Hawk took off at 10:36 a.m. (Central European Time) from Manching Air Base and climbed a ceiling of more than 15.000 meters within military controlled airspace, far above and in safe distance from civilian air traffic. After 6 hours aloft, the aircraft landed safely back at Manching Air Base at 4:38 p.m. (CET).
The Euro Hawk system previously completed extensive ground testing at Manching Air Base, receiving final approval to flight test the functionalities of the integrated SIGINT payload from the German Airworthiness Authority.
Based on the RQ-4B Global Hawk HALE UAS, the Euro Hawk system includes a ground station consisting of a mission control and launch and recovery elements provided by Northrop Grumman.
It is equipped with a new SIGINT mission system developed by Cassidian, providing standoff capability to detect electronic and communications emitters. The SIGINT ground station, which receives and analyzes the data from Euro Hawk as part of an integrated system solution, is also supplied by Cassidian.