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AUVSI: BAMS-D Global Hawk to join counter piracy campaign

11th August 2009 - 10:05 GMT | by in Webster Field, Maryland

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The US Naval Air Systems command’s PMA-262 persistent maritime surveillance program office says that it is hoping to deploy its Northrop Grumman RQ-4N Global Hawk broad area maritime surveillance demonstrator (BAMS-D) aircraft in support of counter piracy operations off the coast of Somalia by early 2010.

A single BAMS-D aircraft is currently deployed in the Middle East in support of the US Central Command, but has been unable to deploy south along the African coast because of a lack of available communications satellite coverage.

PMA-262 program manager Capt Robert Dishman says that the USN is hopeful of being able to

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