Nov. 15 (UPI) — Northrop Grumman signed a contract with the Republic of Korea to provide logistical support to ROK’s high-altitude RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle fleet.
The contract includes site activation for launching and ground control, training, and support personnel for four RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles set for delivery over the next year, the company announced on Wednesday.
Two of the long-range surveillance drones were due this year under a 2014 contract, but delivery has been delayed due to U.S. cyber security concerns.
The United States is in the process of improving the Global Hawk’s anti-hacking protection and network encryption to prevent outside interference in the drone’s operation.
The RQ-4 Global Hawk is a large high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle used for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations. It has a wingspan of over 130 feet and has a maximum takeoff weight of 16 tons, making it very large for a