Though the U.S. Air Force remains at odds with Congress over its plans to prematurely terminate the Northrop Grumman RQ-4B Global Hawk Block 30 program, the service is making plans to deploy its younger cousin, the high-flying Block 40 aircraft, as soon as possible to support the war in Afghanistan. The Block 40 Global Hawk, a long-dwell unmanned air system, was designed specifically to carry a sophisticated active, electronically scanned-array (AESA) radar for spotting and tracking ...

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