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Europe acquires its own RQ-4 Global Hawk drones

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Europe acquires its own RQ-4 Global Hawk drones

Europe got its own strategic reconnaissance drones. As transmits "Warspot" citing janes.com, the first of five RQ-4 Global Hawk drones ordered under the AGS program has landed at Sigonella airbase in Italy.


According to the publication, fifteen NATO member countries, namely Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the United States paid for the supply of five reconnaissance drones RQ-4 Global Hawk, which will be used in the interests of all 29 camp of the alliance, supplying them with intelligence.

The first drone was supposed to arrive in Italy three years ago - in 2016 year. The reason for this long delay in the company Northrop Grumman, which is the developer of the drone, as well as in the NATO Ground Surveillance Agency, NAGSMA (customer) were not disclosed. At the same time, it became known that the remaining four drones are currently undergoing flight tests and will soon arrive in Europe. Estimated location - Sigonella air base in Italy.

The RQ-4 Global Hawk UAV delivered to Europe is almost no different from its “American” copy, repeating the details and layout by 94%. The only difference is the established joint management system.

According to open sources, the RQ-4A Global Hawk, which carries a high-resolution camera, an infrared sensor and a radar for tracking moving objects, is designed to conduct strategic aerial reconnaissance. When flying at high altitudes, Global Hawk is able to survey large areas, reconnaissance of high-resolution point targets and transmit intelligence to the command in real time via a satellite communication channel. The RQ-4A Global Hawk, having a take-off mass of 15 tons and a wingspan of about 40 meters, can patrol for 30 hours at an altitude of up to 18 thousand meters.
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  1. Honest Citizen
    Honest Citizen 23 November 2019 14: 31 New
    -1
    Do we have anything to bring down this?
    Well, or take control and "land"?
    Specialists, ay!
    1. Terenin
      Terenin 23 November 2019 15: 05 New
      +4
      Quote: Honest Citizen
      Do we have anything to bring down this?
      Well, or take control and "land"?
      Specialists, ay!

      Sergei hi why are you worried? Do you otherwise drive moonshine !? wink Everything is fine, go on. The local precinct still has no connection with Northrop Grumman.
      1. Honest Citizen
        Honest Citizen 23 November 2019 15: 06 New
        +3
        Do you otherwise drive moonshine !?

        Do not fall raspberries! laughing
        But he got excited, yes. It’s unpleasant when they fly with impunity over you.
        1. Terenin
          Terenin 23 November 2019 15: 25 New
          +5
          Quote: Honest Citizen
          Well, or take control and "land"

          Quote: Honest Citizen
          Specialists, ay!

          I don’t know about drones, but if there’s something "smart" to yap, like about winked "passive location" ... then the specialists will "land" with the minuses of "I don’t want it at all" crying
          1. Shurik70
            Shurik70 23 November 2019 17: 19 New
            +2
            Quote: Honest Citizen
            Do we have anything to bring down this?

            Sure, not a problem.
            Saw off the wing, and any plane, even an UAV, crashes.
    2. Tsoy
      Tsoy 23 November 2019 15: 19 New
      0
      Quote: Honest Citizen
      Do we have anything to bring down this?
      Well, or take control and "land"?
      Specialists, ay!


      I’m not a specialist, but if Iran could, then we are also able to think ...
      1. rhino
        rhino 23 November 2019 16: 46 New
        -1
        No one on this planet, except the owners of this aircraft, is able to seize control over it. About Iran, these are fairy tales !!!
    3. Ratmir_Ryazan
      Ratmir_Ryazan 23 November 2019 15: 24 New
      +6
      To shoot down such a drone is not a problem and easier than a modern fighter or cruise missile.

      The danger of such UAVs is that they can collect reconnaissance data even without entering our airspace, not to a great depth along the perimeter, but nevertheless quickly transfer them to the command post.

      What are they doing now.
      1. rhino
        rhino 23 November 2019 16: 48 New
        -6
        Something tells me that knocking it down is beyond the task. Surely in dangerous areas it is covered by AWACS, etc.
        1. rocket757
          rocket757 23 November 2019 17: 13 New
          +3
          Quote: Nashorn
          Something tells me that knocking it down is beyond the task. Surely in dangerous areas it is covered by AWACS, etc.

          AWACS is not etc., it’s the same scout, more of course, with the crew.
          Fighters can cover, but why? This thing doesn’t fly wherever you need .... unless its electronic brains catch a glitch or the bamboo operator smokes.
          1. Ratmir_Ryazan
            Ratmir_Ryazan 24 November 2019 11: 22 New
            +1
            This UAV was made for long-term reconnaissance near the border or deep behind enemy lines, and fighters simply cannot cover it all the time, no matter how much they want to. Otherwise, they themselves may fall into the zone of enemy air defense and may be destroyed.

            For fuel, it will also be problematic to accompany a relatively economical UAV that can be in the air for more than 24 hours with fighters burning a huge amount of fuel.

            UAVs and UAVs to risk equipment and not people.

            Even a downed UAV is beneficial, since this fact immediately indicates that the enemy has powerful air defense in this area. And if he was with the fighters, it’s more likely that not only UAVs, but all the fighters will be shot down.

            With an AWACS aircraft, another tactic is the use, if UAVs are sent to the borders or deep into the enemy’s defense, then the AWACS reconnaissance aircraft from far away due to the power of its radar, and here it makes sense to cover it with fighters and sea or land defense.
            1. rocket757
              rocket757 24 November 2019 11: 28 New
              0
              Quote: Ratmir_Ryazan
              With the AWACS another tactic

              AWACS and the like, do not violate borders ...
              If it comes to the "hot" showdown, the tactics of application will be changed.
              1. Ratmir_Ryazan
                Ratmir_Ryazan 24 November 2019 11: 31 New
                -1
                AWACS and the like, do not violate borders ...
                If it comes to the "hot" showdown, the tactics of application will be changed.


                How? What on aircraft AWACS will begin to break into the enemy’s air defense?
                1. rocket757
                  rocket757 24 November 2019 11: 37 New
                  0
                  How will he answer this ... He will fly in dangerous areas under cover, not enter the enemy’s air defense defeat zones, without taking appropriate protective measures.
                  1. Ratmir_Ryazan
                    Ratmir_Ryazan 24 November 2019 11: 42 New
                    0
                    It will fly in dangerous areas under cover, not enter the enemy’s air defense defeat zones, without taking appropriate protective measures.


                    Well, so I wrote about this -

                    about the AWACS aircraft reconnaissance from afar due to the power of its radar
                    1. rocket757
                      rocket757 24 November 2019 12: 01 New
                      0
                      Now, in peacetime, these aircraft are quietly entering the access zones of our air defense, being outside our airspace. Nearby, but do not violate borders.
                      The closer you got, the more chances to find out / scout something new.
                      Nothing really threatens them, not a war after all. Our fit, check, fluttered their wings and all!
      2. Vita vko
        Vita vko 23 November 2019 17: 26 New
        +2
        Quote: Ratmir_Ryazan
        To shoot down such a drone is not a problem and easier than a modern fighter or cruise missile.

        The danger of such UAVs is that they can collect reconnaissance data without even entering our airspace

        Why spend on stupid electronic spy rockets, provoking tensions and conflicts in the region. Now is the age of laser and electromagnetic weapons. It is too early to talk about the physical destruction of such UAVs over a long range, but the power of such systems as Peresvet and similar electronic warfare systems is quite enough to disable all the optoelectronic, location and communication systems of not only UAVs, but also satellites.
        1. Ratmir_Ryazan
          Ratmir_Ryazan 24 November 2019 11: 25 New
          -1
          It’s too early to talk about the physical destruction of such long-range UAVs


          Have you seen that somewhere in the exercises, a laser or electromagnetic weapon destroyed at least an UAV?
          1. Vita vko
            Vita vko 24 November 2019 12: 51 New
            +3
            Quote: Ratmir_Ryazan
            In exercises, a laser or an electromagnetic weapon destroyed at least an UAV?

            There have not been such exercises yet. Tests are being conducted at the proving and military level, mainly due to secrecy requirements. But the systems themselves with video reports and developer comments had to be studied, both Russian and Belarusian. The difference in power parameters, although an order of magnitude, but the fact itself speaks volumes. Similar Chinese and American developments in general, you can see on YouTube.
    4. Ironcity
      Ironcity 23 November 2019 15: 29 New
      -1
      And what problems can bring him down? The Iranians somehow managed, I think ours will be able to, his goal is quite simple.
    5. 30hgsa
      30hgsa 23 November 2019 15: 47 New
      0
      Any means of air defense. This is an easy target.
      1. Ratmir_Ryazan
        Ratmir_Ryazan 23 November 2019 16: 21 New
        +1
        Not any, for example from MANPADS, Strela-10 you can’t get one.

        But in general, Russia has no problems knocking down such an UAV.
    6. demo
      demo 23 November 2019 16: 26 New
      -2
      MIG 31 easily catches up and removes.
      But planting is more difficult.
      1. rhino
        rhino 23 November 2019 16: 52 New
        -4
        About the 31st it is still theoretically possible to imagine, but about landing it is IMPOSSIBLE !!!
        1. rocket757
          rocket757 23 November 2019 17: 18 New
          +3
          Quote: Nashorn
          About the 31st it is still theoretically possible to imagine, but about landing it is IMPOSSIBLE !!!

          Why such a speeding vehicle as the MIG 31, to chase this slow-moving ship? ANY fighter will catch up and knock down ANY ... that's why this thing does not fly to us, only around, in a neutral, alien zone.
    7. Rzzz
      Rzzz 23 November 2019 16: 51 New
      +3
      Quote: Honest Citizen
      Well, or take control

      Well, enough of this nonsense about "taking control" is enough, it’s kind of like no television for a wide layman who shakes everything. You can take control of RU toys from the store. A device of this class as a subject does not have external control, it is impossible to “intercept” it because it simply does not exist. He fulfills the flight mission with the help of an autopilot according to his autonomous sensors. Yes, the device is in communication with the base, and it can correct the flight mission, but there is such encryption of the data stream that without keys, you can open it for millennia.
  2. Politruk-m
    Politruk-m 23 November 2019 14: 32 New
    -1
    We will wet and drop them! So what to do ?
    1. rich
      rich 23 November 2019 15: 14 New
      +9
      Honest Citizen (Sergey): We have something to bring down this?
      Specialists, ay!

      Politruk-m (Carry on): We will wet and drop them!

      Vitaliy suggests using the BE 200ES to wet the Global Hawk, after which the drone will fall. repeat

      Are there any alternative suggestions?
      1. knn54
        knn54 23 November 2019 15: 24 New
        -1
        Ask Iran, more precisely, the IRGC.
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  3. The leader of the Redskins
    The leader of the Redskins 23 November 2019 14: 35 New
    -1
    The adversaries do not sleep ...
  4. Vladimir61
    Vladimir61 23 November 2019 14: 43 New
    +6
    Cool USA fooled Europop - bought yourself five drones at the expense of their European freeloaders!
    1. Alien From
      Alien From 23 November 2019 14: 52 New
      +1
      So it is, the mattresses of Europeans are held tightly by the trunk, one of Germany’s gold reserves is worth .....
    2. rhino
      rhino 23 November 2019 16: 53 New
      -3
      Why yourself ??? The United States will not have control codes. Perhaps there is an agreement in case of war.
  5. Terenin
    Terenin 23 November 2019 14: 58 New
    +4
    Global Hawk is able to carry out reconnaissance of point targets with high resolution and transmit intelligence to the command in real time

    Well, that's right winked in combat mode, getting on time never hurts crying . Make friends with operators yes
    1. Dmitry Donskoy
      Dmitry Donskoy 23 November 2019 17: 02 New
      -1
      Everything is clear about intelligence, but what does the Balts have to do with it? Why do they need this info? request
    2. Pete mitchell
      Pete mitchell 23 November 2019 23: 00 New
      +5
      I think it's easier for Zigonelu equalize, the view is certainly beautiful
      1. novel66
        novel66 24 November 2019 13: 08 New
        +4
        and isn't the funnel prettier? Hello! hi
        1. Pete mitchell
          Pete mitchell 24 November 2019 14: 33 New
          +4
          Quote: novel xnumx
          and isn't the funnel prettier?

          hi for sure, and everything on the volcano in the background, we write off
          1. Pete mitchell
            Pete mitchell 24 November 2019 21: 43 New
            +3
            To the person who personally denounced: are you worried about Etna? She is stone lol
  6. rudolff
    rudolff 23 November 2019 15: 16 New
    +7
    Probably the most serious UAV to date. We would have such a few pieces and it would be possible to control the entire Arctic coast sitting in a chair.
    1. 30hgsa
      30hgsa 23 November 2019 15: 57 New
      -1
      Well xs, IMHO for the tasks of long and long-range reconnaissance, it is more expedient to build a car around a turboprop or turbofan engine. It will be cheaper, more economical.
      1. rudolff
        rudolff 23 November 2019 16: 08 New
        +6
        What about your own weight, and the height of the patrol? Perhaps a turboprop is not the best option here. In any case, Hawk has enough fuel for more than a day of flight, is this not an indicator?
        1. 30hgsa
          30hgsa 23 November 2019 16: 29 New
          -1
          The question is if you need to patrol at high altitude and relatively high (over 300km / h) speed ... this is one thing. In these modes, the turbojet engine is good. And if you need to fly long and slow over the war zone - the turboprop will be better.
          1. rudolff
            rudolff 23 November 2019 17: 00 New
            +4
            I agree. But this is another class of UAVs. For this, the Americans have Traitors, Rippers.
      2. Rzzz
        Rzzz 23 November 2019 16: 57 New
        +3
        So this one has a turbofan. The same motors are put on the regional Embraers.
        And propellers at high altitude work worse.
  7. Lord of the Sith
    Lord of the Sith 23 November 2019 15: 18 New
    +1
    And so drones from Italy to our borders flew, the Black Sea, LDNR and so on.
    Now, along the entire European border of Russia, they will crawl like lice to a known place.
  8. Ratmir_Ryazan
    Ratmir_Ryazan 23 November 2019 15: 20 New
    +2
    We also need this. It is especially valuable to receive real-time data with a high resolution in the area.
    1. 30hgsa
      30hgsa 23 November 2019 15: 53 New
      -2
      At Altair, everyone is sawing ... he’s slower, of course, and easier, but from the point of view of intelligence, IMHO can solve the tasks of the global hock. The only question is when they finish it and whether they finish it at all :( Something is somehow not easy going there.
      1. rudolff
        rudolff 23 November 2019 17: 07 New
        +4
        Altair is an analog of Ripper. To Hawk, he’s like to the moon.
  9. Keyser soze
    Keyser soze 23 November 2019 15: 21 New
    +1
    Be afraid and I have a drone Mavic 2 Pro, but I ride only over Bulgaria so as not to fall under the C400 .... laughing

    Otherwise, we have a big Orthodox holiday today - our church will celebrate the holy righteous Alexander Nevsky, defender of men and soldiers of the faith, so I congratulate all Aleksandrov on the occasion of their name’s celebration (I don’t know how it is in Russian - den ...)
    1. rich
      rich 23 November 2019 15: 30 New
      +3
      And you with a holiday
      In Russian there will be Angel Day
    2. sabakina
      sabakina 23 November 2019 15: 31 New
      +4
      Quote: Keyser Soze
      so I congratulate all Alexandrov on the occasion of their name (I don’t know how in Russian - names den ...)
      Name day. Eugene. Do you really think the S-400 will be chasing your Mavic 2 Pro drone?
      1. Keyser soze
        Keyser soze 23 November 2019 15: 41 New
        0
        Name day. Eugene.


        Thank you.

        Do you really think the S-400 will be chasing your Mavic 2 Pro drone?


        Of course! My Mavik is a formidable flying device of a new era - I can knock the battery out of a child's way ... laughing

        By the way, for each flight should replenish a lot of papers and call our WFD about 12 times. If even these Global Hawk have so much paperwork and bureaucracy fly once every three years ... laughing
    3. NBV
      NBV 23 November 2019 17: 21 New
      -3
      Rusnazite celebrate Svet Aleksandar Nevsky trace 13 den. Those sa by the Julian calendar and not by the Gregorian.
      And on the helmet on Alexander Nevsky, the inscription is in Arabic with the text from the Quran. The ima of obscurity is relatively obscure by the personality and affiliation of the Orthodox Church.
    4. NN52
      NN52 23 November 2019 20: 24 New
      +4
      Keyser Soze (Eugene)
      Well, I don’t know what you are celebrating there ... but we are honored just such a holiday today.
  10. 30hgsa
    30hgsa 23 November 2019 15: 49 New
    -1
    And in what place, US-bought, US-made drones - their own :)
    I remember at one time Argentina decided to fight with small Britain. So their own weapons purchased in France and the United States ... refused to explode in 70% of cases. If at least half of the same exosets exploded ... Argentina could have won the war :)
    1. Steen
      Steen 24 November 2019 12: 52 New
      0
      You need to change the nickname to "IMHO". It will be possible not to add comments. Honestly cuts his eyes)
  11. Igorpl
    Igorpl 23 November 2019 16: 02 New
    -1
    Hardly in the interests of 29, rather one.
  12. Saxahorse
    Saxahorse 23 November 2019 21: 22 New
    -1
    There is a curious legal nuance. All these long-range UAVs do not really fall under any agreements. Strictly speaking, they can be stupidly knocked down like some unidentified flying objects of unknown nature. :)

    True, for such a simple solution you need to have at least steel tests.
  13. Saboteur Holuy
    Saboteur Holuy 23 November 2019 21: 51 New
    -1
    Uniquely useful aircraft! It’s a pity that we don’t have such a close
  14. NF68
    NF68 24 November 2019 15: 58 New
    0
    It was high time to do so.
  15. Protos
    Protos 27 November 2019 15: 12 New
    0
    Quote: Honest Citizen
    Do you otherwise drive moonshine !?

    Do not fall raspberries! laughing
    But he got excited, yes. It’s unpleasant when they fly with impunity over you.

    Well, recently, the Iranians landed such a thing with their \ Chinese samopal bully