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Global Hawk still in RAAF frame

written by australianaviation.com.au | September 29, 2009
The RAAF remains interested in a HALE UAV, such as the Global Hawk. (Northrop Grumman)
The RAAF remains interested in a HALE UAV, such as the Global Hawk. (Northrop Grumman)

The Global Hawk high altitude long endurance (HALE) UAV is still very much on the cards for the RAAF despite the unmanned element of the Air 7000 AP-3C Orion replacement program being pushed back earlier this year in favour of the manned replacement.

Speaking in an interview with The Australian last week, Chief of Air Force AIRMSHL Mark Binskin said the RAAF’s interest in the Global Hawk was far from dead. “We saw the priority with the ageing P-3 fleet of bringing in the manned platform so we could cover the anti-submarine and surveillance and then move the (BAMS) surveillance a bit further out to the end of the decade,” he said.

The RAAF recently launched a program to purchase operating time on two Heron UAVs in Afghanistan alongside the Canadian military from private contractor MDA, which is seen as a learning step for the Air Force in the operation of medium to large scale UAVs, one which will likely lead on to a Global Hawk derivative acquisition late next decade.

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Global Hawk still in RAAF frame

written by australianaviation.com.au | September 29, 2009
The RAAF remains interested in a HALE UAV, such as the Global Hawk. (Northrop Grumman)
The RAAF remains interested in a HALE UAV, such as the Global Hawk. (Northrop Grumman)

The Global Hawk high altitude long endurance (HALE) UAV is still very much on the cards for the RAAF despite the unmanned element of the Air 7000 AP-3C Orion replacement program being pushed back earlier this year in favour of the manned replacement.

Speaking in an interview with The Australian last week, Chief of Air Force AIRMSHL Mark Binskin said the RAAF’s interest in the Global Hawk was far from dead. “We saw the priority with the ageing P-3 fleet of bringing in the manned platform so we could cover the anti-submarine and surveillance and then move the (BAMS) surveillance a bit further out to the end of the decade,” he said.

The RAAF recently launched a program to purchase operating time on two Heron UAVs in Afghanistan alongside the Canadian military from private contractor MDA, which is seen as a learning step for the Air Force in the operation of medium to large scale UAVs, one which will likely lead on to a Global Hawk derivative acquisition late next decade.

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Steer your own in-flight experience – available on print and digital Whether our classic glossy magazine in your letterbox, daily news updates in your inbox, peeling back a few layers in the podcast or our monthly current affair reports, you can count on us to keep you up to date. Sign up today for just $99.95 for more exclusive offers here. Subscribe now at australianaviation.com.au.

Global Hawk still in RAAF frame

written by australianaviation.com.au | September 29, 2009
The RAAF remains interested in a HALE UAV, such as the Global Hawk. (Northrop Grumman)
The RAAF remains interested in a HALE UAV, such as the Global Hawk. (Northrop Grumman)

The Global Hawk high altitude long endurance (HALE) UAV is still very much on the cards for the RAAF despite the unmanned element of the Air 7000 AP-3C Orion replacement program being pushed back earlier this year in favour of the manned replacement.

Speaking in an interview with The Australian last week, Chief of Air Force AIRMSHL Mark Binskin said the RAAF’s interest in the Global Hawk was far from dead. “We saw the priority with the ageing P-3 fleet of bringing in the manned platform so we could cover the anti-submarine and surveillance and then move the (BAMS) surveillance a bit further out to the end of the decade,” he said.

The RAAF recently launched a program to purchase operating time on two Heron UAVs in Afghanistan alongside the Canadian military from private contractor MDA, which is seen as a learning step for the Air Force in the operation of medium to large scale UAVs, one which will likely lead on to a Global Hawk derivative acquisition late next decade.

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