The Contrails: Aircraft, Weapons Systems: RQ-4A Global Hawk

The RQ-4A Global Hawk, manufactured by Northrup Grumman, is seen here on the flightline at Edwards Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The RQ-4A Global Hawk, manufactured by Northrup Grumman, is seen here on the flightline at Edwards Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Manufacturer: Northrup Grumman

 

Function: High-Altitude, Long-Endurance ISR

Service Date: 2001

Speed: 357 mph

Production: 77 (planned)

Inventory: 20

Commentary: The RQ-4 provides high altitude, persistent (28+ hours) remotely piloted ISR capability. The system consists of an aircraft, GCS, and an integrated sensor suite.