The US Air Force (USAF) plans to deploy five Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and approximately 105 personnel, currently based at Andersen Air Force Base on Guam, to Yokota Air Base in Japan from May to October 2017.
The USAF said in a 7 April statement that summer operations from Guam of the high-altitude, long-endurance surveillance UAV are "adversely impacted by the frequency of inclement weather, including typhoon activities".
"This rotational deployment of the Global Hawk is temporary but necessary to provide a base from which the platform can be reliably operated during the summer."
The statement added that the United States continues to deploy "its most advanced capabilities to Japan, including the Global Hawk, in keeping with our commitment to further contribute to the security of Japan and to the stability of the region".
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