Global Hawk drones to be retired in favora of secretive penetrating spy aircraft
The Global Hawks cannot survive in highly contested airspace, so the Air Force is doubling down on surveillance assets that can
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May 8, 2021 - by Joseph Trevithik for www.thedrive.com
The U.S. Air Force is looking to get rid of all of its remaining Block 30 RQ-4 Global Hawk drones in the next year or two. The service says that it plans to replace those unmanned aircraft with a mixture of alternatives, including "penetrating" platforms and "5th- and 6th-generation capabilities."
Those terms generally refer to stealthy platforms able to get past hostile air defense works to conduct operations in denied areas. This comes amid an increasing number of reports that a new, secret stealth spy drone, commonly referred to as the RQ-180, which also looks set to act as a communications and data-sharing gateway, is…
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