Air Platforms

South Korean air force receives first RQ-4 Global Hawk UAV

23 December 2019

The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) has received the first of four Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Block 30 Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) ordered in 2014.

Several local media outlets quoted a Ministry of National Defense (MND) spokesperson as saying that the surveillance UAV arrived at Sacheon Air Base in South Gyeongsang Province in the early morning hours of 23 December.

The remaining three platforms are expected to arrive in the Northeast Asian country in first half of 2020, reported the Yonhap News Agency, pointing out that the schedule might be subject to change.

The announcement comes after the US Department of State approved in July a potential logistics support contract for the RoKAF's Global Hawk UAVs.

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