Tuesday, December 24, 2019

South Korea receives first RQ-4 Global Hawk long range surveillance UAV

The RQ-4 Global Hawk HALE UAV, this example with the US Air Force.

The South Korean Ministry of National Defense (MND) confirmed that the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) received the first of four Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Block 30 Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on 23 December 2019.

South Korean media outlets quoted a MND spokesperson saying that the American-made Global Hawk UAV arrived at Sacheon Air Base in South Gyeongsang Province.

The three (3) remaining platforms are expected to be delivered in first half of 2020, although this could change depending on situations.

The announcement comes after the US Department of State approved a potential logistics support contract for the ROKAF's Global Hawk UAV fleet last July 2019.

[1] Jane's Defence Weekly

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