Wednesday, 13 Jun, 2012 Technology

Unmanned Aircraft System to Be Used in Monitoring the Arctic


Northrop Grumman decided to team up with L-3 MAS, an aerospace and defense company from Canada, to send one of the Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) on a surveillance mission in Arctic.

The statement presented by Northrup Grumman says that the "Polar Hawk" variant was designed to stay in the air for long periods of time, resisting difficult weather conditions and monitor land, ice, littoral and open water environments across the Arctic.

According to Duke Dufresne, vice president and general manager for Northrop Grumman's unmanned systems business, the operational features of the unmanned aircraft will help Canada maintain constant surveillance over the country's huge Arctic region from coast-to-coast.

It is worth mentioning that Polar Hawk boasts a range of 22,000 kilometers (13,670 miles) and, besides defense surveillance duties, it could also be used in humanitarian, science and environmental missions.

[via Northrop Grumman]

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