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The Air Force said it will cost a total of $1.9 billion over 10 years to bring the unmanned RQ-4 Global Hawk high-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft close to parity with the U-2 spy plane, according to a service spokeswoman.
The Air Force will divest its new fleet of RQ-4 Block 40 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft if there is no reprieve from sequestration spending limits in fiscal year 2016, Air Force Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget Maj. Gen. Jim Martin reiterated during the unveiling of the service's FY-15 budget request on March 4.
The Air Force is trying to reduce annual spending on MQ-9 medium-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft by spreading procurement across the future years with an end goal of having a fleet of 346 Reapers by fiscal year 2021, according to the service's FY-15 budget request.
- FY-15 Budget Request Sets Up Two Dramatically Different Spending Scenarios
- Block 40 Global Hawks Fielded Despite Sensor Payload Issues
- Navy Plans Archerfish Follow-On Buy As Part Of LCS MCM Package
- Army Planning Manned-Unmanned Teaming Combat Vehicle Demo
- Budget Constraints Douse Air Force Hopes For New MALD-J Capabilities
- Raytheon, General Atomics Looking For RPA-MALD-J Flight-Test Funding
- ARDEC Examining Low-Cost Solutions To Counter Enemy UAS At Close Range
- Lockheed Touts Performance Of Autonomous Trucks In Army Test
- First Regenerated F-16 Passes Flight Check, Ready For Drone Conversion
- DOT&E: Development Problems Thwarting MQ-9 System Testing
- Triton Will Continue Air Vehicle, Software Development Testing In FY-14
- Army Plans Contract To Help Develop Sense-And-Avoid System For UAS
- USMC Wraps Up Cargo-UAS Study, Finds It More Cost-Effective And Efficient
- Marines More Comfortable Using UAS For Logistics Missions In OEF
- Kendall: DOD Eyes Training, Guidance For UAS Interoperability, Integration
The Air Force disclosed in a pair of recent contracting postings that it plans to make a deal with MQ-9 Reaper manufacturer General Atomics to accelerate a new extended-range capability on the remotely piloted aircraft, and to study whether the Reaper's next-generation ground control station can be exported to American allies.
- Army RFI For Counter Unmanned Aerial System Capability
- Rep. Forbes' Letter To The Navy On UCLASS
- DOD's UCAS-D Reprogramming Request
- Army Solicitation For UAS Research And Engineering Technical Services
- Pentagon's FY-13 DOT&E Report
- AUVSI Letter To FAA On UAS In Domestic Airspace
- DOD's FY-13/38 UAS Roadmap
- Navy's Draft SOW For Manned And Unmanned Experimental Platforms For Future Tactical Systems
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