Eye in the sky

  • 10-Sep-2008 03:02 EDT
GE Aviation is under contract to supply flight-control actuation, electrical power generation and control, emergency power, and other aircraft systems for use on Northrop Grumman's RQ-4 Block 20 Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance aircraft. To date, GE is contracted to supply systems content worth approximately $1 million per RQ-4 Block 20. GE was selected to fabricate proprietary, redundant electromechanical actuation for the Block 20 Global Hawk. The work will be performed at GE's facilities in Santa Ana, CA, Vandalia, OH, and Whippany, NJ. GE was also selected to provide a new electrical power generation subsystem for the larger RQ-4 Block 20 version. RQ-4 Block 20 Global Hawk is a high-altitude, long-endurance aircraft that provides military field commanders with high-resolution, near-real-time imagery of large geographic areas. The first RQ-4 Block 20 aircraft was delivered to Beale Air Force Base, CA, on June 30, 2008.
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