The U.S. Air Force’s decision to move away from the Northrop Grumman Global Hawk program has not swayed the Navy’s allegiance to its $11.4 billion Triton unmanned aircraft program, which is based on the Global Hawk platform, says Vice Adm. Mark Skinner, military deputy to the Navy acquisition secretary. Skinner acknowledges that the “long pole in the tent” is first flight, which is behind schedule. According to the 2012 annual report from the Pentagon’s director of operational test and ...


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