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Real-world Global Hawk outperforms tests

Published: Thu June 30th, 2011 via: Read the full article at: Flight Global »

Despite a dismal initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) report about the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk Block 30, the US Air Force reports a relatively high operational reliability rating.

The USAF reports that Block 30 Global Hawks, operating from four bases for five combatant commands, are operating with 76% reliability. The real-world operational rating contrasts dramatically with a 20 May IOT&E report that pegged reliability at 27%.


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