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Rising sun beckons for Global Hawk

20th November 2015 - 16:14 GMT | by Richard Thomas in London


The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale (FMS) of three RQ-4 Global Hawk UAVs to Japan, with associated equipment, in a deal worth $1.2 billion.

On the back of a busy couple of months for the platform, the announcement moves the deal one step forward to eventual entry into service with the Japanese Air Self-Defence Force.

Meanwhile, the first two RQ-4 Block 30 aircraft ordered by South Korea last year will be delivered in 2018.

The notification does not mean the deal has been concluded, however.

A spokesperson for defence contractor Northrop Grumman said they

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Richard Thomas


Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas is the Senior Editor, Naval at Shephard Media. Richard joined the company in …

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