Northrop Grumman, Cassidian Fly First Sensor-Equipped EURO HAWK Unmanned Aircraft

Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:00pm EST

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MANCHING,  Germany,  Jan. 11, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Northrop Grumman Corporation
(NYSE: NOC) and EADS Deutschland GmbH, operating through Cassidian, together
achieved a major milestone today with the first full system test flight of the
EURO HAWK unmanned aircraft system (UAS) equipped with the signals intelligence
(SIGINT) advanced sensors for detection of radar and communication emitters.
Cassidian is the defence and security division of EADS (EDF, EPA, MSX: EAD).


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The EURO HAWK took off at  10:36 a.m.  Central European time from Manching Air
Base and climbed to a ceiling of 54,000 feet within military controlled
airspace, far above and at a safe distance from civilian air traffic. After more
than eight hours aloft, the aircraft landed safely back at Manching Air Base at 
4:38 p.m.  Central European time.

"This successful flight demonstrates the EURO HAWK program's systems integration
capabilities and cutting-edge technologies. The Cassidian-developed SIGINT
sensor suite, conforming to the German Bundeswehr's requirements, showed
excellent performance within the perfect interplay of the overall system," said 
Bernhard Gerwert, chief executive officer of Cassidian. "We therefore are proud
to prove with these test flights the new EURO HAWK's mission capability of
strategic SIGINT intelligence for the protection and security of the German
armed forces."

The EURO HAWK system previously completed extensive ground testing at Manching
Air Base, receiving final approval from the German Airworthiness Authority to
flight test the functionalities of the integrated SIGINT payload.

"Today's SIGINT sensor flight marks the start of the critical flight test phase
of the EURO HAWK payload for the German Bundeswehr," said  Tom Vice, corporate
vice president and president of Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector.
"EURO HAWK represents many significant firsts for Northrop Grumman. Not only is
it our first trans-Atlantic cooperation with  Germany  and Cassidian, but it is
also the first international version of the RQ-4 Global Hawk produced by the
company and the first high-altitude, long-endurance [HALE] SIGINT UAS in 

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.

"The EURO HAWK success story continues to unfold and will enable  Germany  to
independently conduct round-the-clock surveillance and reconnaissance," said 
Neset Tukenmez, chief executive officer for the EuroHawk GmbH. "With this first
sensor flight, the EURO HAWK effectively demonstrated its system capability for
safe operation within German air space."

With a wingspan larger than most commercial airliners, endurance of more than 30
hours and a maximum altitude of approximately 60,000 feet, EURO HAWK is an
interoperable, modular and cost-effective replacement for the fleet of manned
Breguet Atlantic aircraft, which was in service since 1972 and retired in 2010.

About Cassidian

Cassidian, an EADS company, is a worldwide leader in global security solutions
and systems, providing lead system integration and value-added products and
services to civil and military customers around the globe: air systems (aircraft
and UAS), land, naval and joint systems, intelligence and surveillance,
cybersecurity, secure communications, test systems, missiles, and services and
support solutions. Please visit  for more information.

About EuroHawk GmbH

EuroHawk GmbH, a 50-50 joint venture of Northrop Grumman and Cassidian (EADS
Deutschland GmbH), serves as the national prime contractor for the German
Ministry of Defence through the system's entire life cycle. Please visit  for more information. For more information on the program,
please see 

About Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative
systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cybersecurity, C4ISR, and
logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.
Please visit  for more information.

SOURCE  Northrop Grumman Corporation

Northrop Grumman, Cyndi Wegerbauer, +1-858-618-5323 (office), +1-858-705-3280
(mobile),, or Ken Beedle (International), +44 207 747
1910 (office), +44 7787 174092 (mobile),; or Cassidian,
Christian Albert, +49 (0)8459-81 80484 (office), +49 (0)160 9390 8510 (mobile),
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