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Northrop Grumman to Highlight Unmanned Aircraft at Australian Air Show

The RQ-4 Global Hawk has been called an "ideal national security asset."

Northrop Grumman Corporation plans to highlight a wide range of aircraft systems at the Australian International Air Show being held March 1 through 6 at Avalon near Geelong, Victoria, including unmanned aircraft; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR); airborne early warning and control systems; fire control radars and infrared countermeasures, the company says in a written statement.

Northrop Grumman’s airborne surveillance capability will be highlighted with models of the “broad area maritime surveillance unmanned aircraft system” (BAMS UAS), the lighter than air “long endurance multi-intelligence vehicle” (LEMV) and “Fire Scout,” the vertical unmanned aircraft system (VUAS) multi-role UAV on display.

In addition, the company plans to display a full-scale, reconfigurable “RQ-4 Global Hawk” at the air show. The Global Hawk is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) used as a surveillance aircraft and 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the UAV’s first non-stop international flight from Edwards Air Force Base in California to Royal Australian Air Force Base Edinburgh in South Australia.

“BAMS, based on our proven Global Hawk platform, is ideal for Australia,” said John Brooks, president of Northrop Grumman International Inc. and vice president of business development for Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems sector. “Our ISR and security capabilities across the company are well matched to meeting the region’s growing defense and security requirements,” he said.

“Global Hawk would also make an ideal national security asset, performing a wide array of civilian roles, such as response to natural disasters, bushfires, environmental monitoring and drug interdiction in addition to its very considerable military tasking,” said Brooks.