The EuroHawk shown over the Mojave Desert near Edwards AFB, during the aircraft's first flight on June 29, 2010. The aircraft departed Palmdale, CA where it was constructed by Northrop-Grumman. Test and evaluation points were conducted before its landing at Edwards AFB, CA, where it then continued testing. F-16 Chase Pilot Maj Tim "Spike" Pesek, USAF photo by Bobbi Zapka. Thanks to a wingspan larger than most commercial airliners, endurance of more than 30 hours and a maximum altitude of approximately 60,000 feet, the EuroHawk unmanned aircraft system 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. Based on the RQ-4B Global Hawk HALE UAS, the EURO HAWK®system includes a ground station consisting of a mission control and launch and recovery elements provided by Northrop Grumman. It is equipped with a new SIGINT mission system developed by Cassidian, providing standoff capability to detect electronic and communications emitters. The SIGINT ground station, which receives and analyzes the data from EURO HAWK® as part of an integrated system solution, is also supplied by Cassidian.
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