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Japan secures Global Hawks and eyes Avengers

21st November 2018 - 08:31 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong

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Tokyo has committed money as part of its order of three RQ-4 Global Hawk HALE UAVs, with the US DoD announcing on 19 November an FMS contract worth $489,924,430 for Northrop Grumman.

The DoD’s website listed Japan’s acquisition as Block 30(I) aircraft, with ‘I’ denoting international. It said each UAV for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) will contain an ‘enhanced integrated sensor suite payload’.

While this latest announcement does not discuss what specific sensors are included, it is expected to be Raytheon’s Enhanced Integrated Sensor Suite (EISS) comprising an EO/IR sensor, synthetic aperture radar and ground moving

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