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25.3 hours: Euro Hawk sets European record

Sep. 10, 2013 - 01:47PM   |  
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On Aug. 8, the EURO HAWK(R) unmanned aircraft sets an endurance record Aug. 8 by flying 25.3 hours nonstop in European airspace.
On Aug. 8, the EURO HAWK(R) unmanned aircraft sets an endurance record Aug. 8 by flying 25.3 hours nonstop in European airspace. (Josef Gietl)
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A Euro Hawk UAV set a record for continuous flight of an unmanned aircraft in European airspace, according to Northrop Grumman. The Euro Hawk flew 25.3 hours and climbed to 58,000 feet over Manching Air Base in Germany last month.

“This is the longest flight flown in European skies by an unrefuelled UAS in the more than 30,000-pound class,” said Rolf Wirtz, head of Mission Systems at the UAS branch of Cassidian, the EADS subsidiary that is partnering with Northrop Grumman on the Euro Hawk.

“The Euro Hawk has performed safely and reliably with good results throughout its entire flight test program. It is the only system that can meet Germany’s requirement for high-altitude signals intelligence surveillance missions.”

Wirtz’s statement came after German defense officials halted the project, which has been criticized for lacking modifications to operate in crowded European airspace.

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