Northrop Grumman shows Euro Hawk mockup at ILA
As usual, a full-scale model of the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 will be on display at the show, configured in Euro Hawk and NATO AGS livery on alternate days.
Euro Hawk made its flight to Germany last year, touching down in Manching in July 2011. It “is ready for SIGINT payload flight testing”, the company says. The RQ-4E is the first HALE signals intelligence (SIGINT) UAS based on the Global Hawk platform . The German Bundeswehr wants to procure five with electronics developed by Cassidian (EADS).
Northrop Grumman is also the prime contractor for the NATO AGS system and will provide and initially maintain five Block 40 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft equipped with an advanced ground surveillance radar sensor – the Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Programme (MP-RTIP), which is capable of detecting and tracking moving objects as well as providing radar imagery of target locations and stationary objects.
"The German Air Force's Euro Hawk and NATO's AGS systems mark important milestones for us – they are the first international versions of the RQ-4 Global Hawk and the first HALE UASs to be used in Europe. We look forward to building on the success of this trans-Atlantic industrial cooperation and the strong partnerships that we have developed through both of these programmes." said Janis Pamiljans, sector vice president and general manager for Northrop Grumman's unmanned systems business.
The company's German subsidiary, Northrop Grumman LITEF, will also be represented at the air show. On display in the Northrop Grumman pavilion will be sensors for weapon stabilisation, inertial guidance systems for missiles and Attitude Heading Reference System navigation systems for commercial fixed and rotary wing aircraft based on fibre optic and micro electro mechanical systems technology.