“The aircraft is here, ready for acceptance and delivery to the warfighter,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Douglas Jaquish, 452nd Flight Test Squadron commander.
The 452nd Flight Test Squadron delivered the first Block 10 production Global Hawk to Beale in 2004, and this aircraft represents the last of the smaller variants to be delivered, Jaquish said.
“Northrop Grumman has started producing a larger Global Hawk variant,” he noted. “The Block 20, 30 and 40 aircraft will have more capability. They’ve increased the payload by 50 percent.”
Jaquish said his team evaluates not only the aircraft, but the sensors that go on board and give the Global Hawk its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability.
“This last Block 10 aircraft represents the fruits of our labors in Global Hawk flight test,” Jaquish emphasized. “I couldn’t be more proud of the team. Beale’s 12th Reconnaissance Squadron just flew Global Hawk past the 10,000-hour mark — sixty percent of which were combat hours. That’s a major milestone and a testament to the Global Hawk program.”