Officials in the Navy's broad area maritime surveillance program, which is designed to integrate unmanned aircraft into the service's airborne patrol force, are being pressured by senior Pentagon civilians to maximize competition when they select an aircraft for the fleet. These patrol missions are often among the Navy's most tedious. The lead-in to BAMS is a demonstration program that will use two Northrop Grumman Global Hawk UAVs. But a follow-on competition is expected to pit a ...


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