Japan will buy three Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawks in its fiscal 2015 budget, the Mainichi newspaper reports. The unmanned surveillance aircraft will be operated by a tri-service joint unit at the Misawa airbase in northern Japan, with the aim of entry-into-service after five years, Mainichi says, perhaps referring to full operational capability. Estimated costs including ground equipment are about 100 billion yen ($980 million). Two U.S. RQ-4s were temporarily deployed to Misawa in May ...


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