Global Hawk Gets Repair Shop

Northrop Grumman announced Monday that it has received a $50 million contract from the Air Force to establish an interim repair line for RQ-4 Global Hawk remotely piloted aircraft sensors until a fully independent depot-level repair program is in place for them. The interim repair line, which will be located at industry partner Raytheon’s facility in El Segundo, Calif., will work on the integrated sensor suite (ISS) of cameras and synthetic aperture radar used on Global Hawk Block 10 aircraft as well as the enhanced integrated sensor suite (EISS), a more robust package, carried on Block 20 and Block 30 airframes. Raytheon supplies these sensors. The interim repair line will significantly improve the availability of sensor components necessary to support an increased Global Hawk operations tempo, said Northrop.