US surveillance drone at Yokota base made 1st flight

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A Global Hawk surveillance drone temporarily deployed at the U.S. military’s Yokota Air Base took off on the night of May 5 for the first flight since its arrival, it was learned Friday.

The United States plans to deploy a total of five Global Hawks at the base in western Tokyo and three of them have already arrived, said sources at the U.S. forces in Japan.

The RQ-4 Global Hawks, based in Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, are set to operate from the Yokota base to avoid the Pacific island’s harsh weather during the typhoon season in summer.

The temporary deployment is seen continuing until the end of October.

The drones, about 15 meters long and 40 meters wide, are expected to operate to monitor moves by North Korea and the Chinese military.

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