Tuesday, March 1, 2016

UAV RQ-4 Global Hawk(HALE)

The entire Global Hawk concept must be viewed as much as an ongoing research and development investment than as an operational aircraft program alone. The semi-autonomous 'desktop' interface, operating procedures, and general technological enrichment that has been gained through the program's sometimes frustrating developmental saga will pay off not just in future Global Hawk configurations, but in many aircraft and unmanned concepts that will follow in its footsteps.
Although this can be said to some degree with every incremental capability leap in combat aircraft, the Global Hawk is not just another fighter or surveillance aircraft, it is an entirely new concept of operations, and what we learn from it, both the bad and the good, will find its way into even more advanced unmanned technologies of the future. In this regard, the possible existence of an even more capable and survivable secret 'RQ-180' HALE aircraft may very well have been directly born from the RQ-4 Global Hawk's learned strengths and weaknesses.

Some would say that such a statement is hypocritical as I do not give the F-35 program, and other goal missing and over-budget endeavors a similar pass. There is good reasoning behind this, beyond the much higher risk factor due to the size and cost of the Joint Strike Fighter program, it is the last in the line of almost a century of manned fighter aircraft development. It is a very mature concept that is filled with immature subsystems and design choices. The Global Hawk, on the other hand, is the first of its kind, and work done on it will directly lead to unmanned combat aircraft and other pilotless aerospace concepts that will be able to accomplish many different tasks, both military and commercial.
Like manned spaceflight, unmanned aviation, especially on the incredible performance scale of the Global Hawk, has by its very nature an expensive learning process that has massive potential payoffs, both strategically and economically, down the line.

UAV RQ-4 Global Hawk
block approach after 16 years
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