Northrop Grumman Corporation has signed a contract with the Republic of Korea (RoK) Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) to provide contractor logistics support (CLS) to the nation’s high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (HUAV) fleet, the company announced on 14 November.

Support for DAPA and the RoK Air Force (RoKAF) includes: timely site activation in South Korea; complete training packages for pilots, operators and maintainers of the system; and a team of subject matter experts to provide seamless on-site and reach-back CLS support.

Northrop Grumman will build on our successful support of the US Air Force’s (USAF) GLOBAL HAWK and US Navy’s TRITON heritage to provide high-quality sustainment support to the RoK HUAV fleet,” commented Vice President, Global Logistics and Modernization for Northrop Grumman Technology Services, John Parker. “By leveraging our proven performance with the US fleet and the introduction of systems to other global operators, we offer DAPA and the RoKAF a high-quality, low-risk, responsive services package.”

The GLOBAL HAWK system is building on its heritage of innovation and modernising its current capabilities by integrating new technologies that enhance capabilities, performance and reliability. In active operation with the US Air Force since 2001, GLOBAL HAWK has amassed more than 250,000 flight hours with missions flown in support of military and humanitarian operations. With the ability to fly at high altitudes for greater than 30 hours, the UAS is designed to gather near-real-time, high-resolution imagery of large areas of land in all types of weather – day or night.

Northrop Grumman will provide comprehensive support, including training, to the South Korean UAV fleet, which includes GLOBAL HAWK. (Photo: Northrop Grumman)

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