First delivery in 2018
Northrop Grumman has secured a contract to deliver four unmanned RQ-4B Global Hawk surveillance aircraft to South Korea, as Japan begins negotiating a similar deal.
The $657 million “hybrid contract” procures four Block 30 aircraft, two spare engines and two ground control stations, according to a Dec. 16 Defense Department contract announcement.
The deal comes almost nine months after South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration announced the selection of Global Hawk to meet its high-altitude surveillance requirement.
In a Dec. 17 email to Inside the Air Force, Northrop spokesman Warren Comer said the company is pleased to move forward with RQ-4B delivery. As a foreign military sale, the program will be managed through the Air Force’s Global Hawk program office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OK.