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Singapore Airshow 2020: ROKAF stands up Global Hawk unit

5th February 2020 - 06:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) established a new reconnaissance squadron in late 2019, to coincide with the arrival of the country’s first RQ-4B Block 30 Global Hawk on 23 December.

The first example of this HALE UAV arrived at an air base near Sacheon. South Korea ordered four Global Hawks in 2011, and the remaining three are due for arrival in the first half of 2020.

These assets are an important component in Seoul’s efforts to improve its ISR capabilities, particularly relating to coverage of its belligerent neighbour to the north. Instead of relying so heavily on the …

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