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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 022-97
February 18, 1997

Global Hawk Roll Out on Thursday, Feb. 20, 1997, at San Diego, Calif.

The Global Hawk high altitude endurance unmanned air vehicle will be rolled out on Thursday, Feb. 20, at Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical's San Diego, Calif., facility. Senior DoD speakers include: Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology Paul Kaminski; Commander, U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command, Gen. Richard E. Hawley; and Principal Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Lt. Gen. George K. Muellner. The event, which is open to the media, includes a media backgrounder at 9 a.m. (PST), the rollout ceremony at 10 a.m. (PST), and a media availability with senior DoD, company, and program officials immediately following the ceremony.

The Global Hawk is one of two air platforms being developed under the High Altitude Endurance UAV Program managed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for the Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office. Global Hawk is a 24,000 pound vehicle with a 116-foot wing span. It carries a synthetic aperture radar and electro-optic/infrared sensors for long-range surveillance and broad area coverage imaging capability to support the theater commander.

To attend the rollout ceremony, news media should contact Mark Day at Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical, at (619) 260-4355.