Northrop Grumman's Hunter Joint Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle has logged 100,000 hours of flight time. (SSGT Reynaldo Ramon, USAF)
Northrop Grumman’s Hunter UAV recently reached a milestone of 100,000 combat flight hours, according to a company announcement.
In service with the Army since 1996, the RQ-5A Hunter was the first UAV to be fielded by the Army. The current MQ-5B still flies ISR, target acquisition and strike missions. The MQ-5B has heavy fuel engines, an extended center that carries fuel and hard points for weapons, an upgraded avionics suite and the Army One System ground control station. The Hunter has a relay mode that allows one vehicle to be controlled by another at extended ranges or over blocking terrain found in regions such as the Balkans and Afghanistan.
“Our very close working relationship with our Army customer has been critical to the program’s enduring success,” said Steve Hogan, vice president of Northrop Grumman’s Integrated Logistics and Modernization division. “The team’s innovative partnering approach has been seamless over the years. The team has established an impeccable track record of continuous modernization and highly reliable performance while serving on the front lines shoulder-to-shoulder with our nation’s warfighters in combat operations.”