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Raytheon to sustain Global Hawk GCS

28th January 2019 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Raytheon has been selected by Northrop Grumman to sustain the ground control systems and onboard sensors on the US Air Force fleet of RQ-4 Global Hawk aircraft, the company announced on 23 January.

Under the $65 million contract, Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services (IIS) will also upgrade ground control station software to defend against cyber threats

Todd Probert, vice president of Mission Support and Modernization at Raytheon IIS, said: ‘Raytheon will help these unmanned aircraft meet tomorrow's threats. We have been improving the Global Hawk fleet's capabilities for 20 years by modernising their ground and sensor systems and will now ensure their resiliency in the face of cyber threats.’

Raytheon previously announced a $104 million effort to modernise the Global Hawk ground segment, moving payload and aircraft operators into mission control buildings. These new stations replace mission control and launch and recovery elements previously housed in shelters.

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