Air Force Under Secretary Eric Fanning says the service is “committed to getting [the RQ-4B Global Hawk] to parity before we divest the U-2 fleet,” indicating the high-flying, manned spy plane could be in the fleet for years to come. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Feb. 24 that the Lockheed Martin U-2 fleet would be mothballed in favor of using the unmanned, long-endurance Northrop Grumman Global Hawk for the high-altitude reconnaissance mission. He did not provide dates; more ...


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