An RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance drone arrived at Yokota Air Base Monday night, starting a five-month operation in Tokyo, the U.S. base announced.
The U.S. Air Force’s Global Hawk drone is expected to survey ballistic missiles and nuclear facilities in North Korea, which have fueled political tensions over the past month.
The aircraft is part of the 69th Reconnaissance Group Detachment 1 and provides near real-time aerial imagery reconnaissance support to U.S. and partner nations, according to the base’s website.
Four more Global Hawks are slated to be deployed to the base. A total of 110 staff members, including mechanics, are set to be stationed there in a related move.
The aircraft flew from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. Normally, drones and members of the detachment travel from their Guam home base during typhoon season to operate out of Misawa Air Base in Aomori Prefecture. Renovations to the runway at Misawa made that