Air Platforms

US Air Force continues Global Hawk flights in Gulf following UAV downing

26 June 2019

Key Points

  • The US Air Force continues to fly Global Hawk missions in the Gulf despite Iran shooting down a similar US Navy UAV less than a week ago
  • A key officer said the service is committed to patrolling global common regions, such as the Strait of Hormuz

The US Air Force (USAF) continues to fly Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) missions in the Gulf less than one week after Iran shot down a US Navy (USN) Global Hawk variant.

"We're continuing to fly," USAF Chief of Staff General David Goldfein said on 26 June at an Air Force Association (AFA) Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies breakfast.

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