Wing king

  • 18-Nov-2008 04:02 EST
Vought Aircraft Industries Inc. will supply the wings for Northrop Grumman Corp.’s platform aircraft for the U.S. Navy’s new Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System program. Vought has been on the Global Hawk program since May 2001, responsible for the wing fabrication, assembly, and structural testing. The company built two prototype and nine production wing sets under its initial contract with Northrop Grumman for the original Block 10 version. Vought has delivered 14 wings for the Block 20 version of Global Hawk—the RQ-4N’s platform. The Block 20 version features an increased wing span of approximately 15 ft, allowing it to carry more fuel and fly longer missions than its predecessor.
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