The first high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE)Signals Intelligence ( ) unmanned aircraft platform has landed today in Air Base, southern . The unmanned aircraft flew directly from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., landing in after a 23 hour flight. On a typical mission the has an endurance of 30 hours, flying at a maximum altitude of more than 60,000 feet.
The aircraft will soon be fitted with the European made mission systems developed by Cassidian) and integrated in , Germany. Delivery of the first demonstrator to the Bundeswehr is scheduled for mid-2012, with four follow-on systems scheduled tentatively between 2015 and 2017.Deutschland GmbH (
“Soon, the Bundeswehr will be able to independently cover their needs for SIGINT data collection and analysis, thus contributing to NATO, European Union and United Nations operations,” said Neset Tükenmez, chief executive officer, EuroHawk GmbH. “Euro Hawk will also serve as a working model for other programs and countries.”
Euro Hawk is an interoperable, modular and cost-effective replacement to the fleet of manned Breguet Atlantic aircraft which was in service since 1972 and retired in 2010. The system represents the first international version of theand the first HALE SIGINT UAS in Europe. Another platform based on the to be deployed by NATO is the airborne segment of NATO’s .