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U.S. Moves Global Hawks to Japan

by Kris Osborn on June 2, 2014

Joint unmanned aircraft system crosses AtlanticThe U.S. military has moved a handful of Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance planes from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam to Japan in order to avoid dangerous weather conditions and improve mission effectiveness in the region, Air Force officials said.

“An initiative is underway to forward deploy our Block 30 fleet to Japan this summer which will allow the these aircraft to avoid most of the thunderstorm activity that is present in the vicinity of Andersen AFB during the summer months. This type of adverse weather decimated mission effectiveness last year,” Maj. Guy Perrow, Deputy director, Air Combat Command Multi-Role Reconnaissance Operations Division, said in a written statement.

The Global Hawks, which will conduct routine intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions in the region while deployed from Japan, will return to Andersen AFB later this summer, Perrow said.

The Block 30 Global Hawk can fly missions up to 28 hours equipped with a synthetic aperture radar, or SAR, an electro-optical camera and SIGINT sensors. However, only one of the sensors can be used at one time, Perrow added.

The Air Force is also currently developing a next-generation Block 40 Global Hawk which is slated to be ready sometime this year. The Block 40 aircraft will feature an active electronically scanned array radar which will provide SAR and Ground Moving Target Indicator data, Air Force officials said.

In total, 42 Global Hawks are in service worldwide, with 32 currently making up the Air Force’s inventory.

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hibeam June 2, 2014 at 5:17 pm

These will be RQ-4 Global Dove surveillance planes under the Obama regime rules of engagement.


Blake June 2, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Are you really playing the Obama card again?
I just saw you use it in the last article.
Is that really your only argument?


Rod June 2, 2014 at 6:05 pm

I heard that Japan bombed Pearl Harbor because of our lax stance on foreign policy. Thanks Obama.


Steve Jenkinson June 2, 2014 at 8:19 pm

It's actually kind of sad, isn't it?


Kurt Montandon June 3, 2014 at 3:35 am

Because if there's one thing Obama's not known for, it's drone strikes.


Steve Jenkinson June 3, 2014 at 3:04 pm

and "rules of engagement" for a recon drone, BWAHAHAHAHA


Nah June 3, 2014 at 9:52 pm

Obama is a war criminal. Drone strikes has been his signature move.


wtpworrier June 4, 2014 at 9:03 am

I would expect that attitude from the taliban, but not….wait a minute!…..you're not taliban are you????


Lois June 4, 2014 at 2:50 pm

The US helped create the Taliban, trained and funded it for a long time. Even today the US government is talking to and negotiating with it. Your ignorance is showing. By the way, many nations consider Obama a war criminal, just like GW Bush and Cheney.

009 June 2, 2014 at 6:03 pm

When the Chinese spot this hawk and they will they'll shoot it down and cook it in the pot for dinner


Kim Scholer June 4, 2014 at 5:57 pm

No they won't. According to folk lore the Chinese will eat anything with leg, but a table. And anything with wings, but a plane. So there.


Brian COPP June 8, 2014 at 5:35 am

'That's why were sending Global Hawks, F-18's will scare the
poop out of them…


Steve Jenkinson June 2, 2014 at 8:32 pm

Well, alrighty then.


Marc Winger June 2, 2014 at 8:46 pm

The number of these craft will need to be increased.


Bernard June 2, 2014 at 9:13 pm

I was expecting this. They should send a something to Nigeria as well under close supervision of course.


FormerDirtDart June 3, 2014 at 8:34 am

Already in the region working,


jacob June 3, 2014 at 1:08 pm

but,they will just sit while the desk sitters try to fight it out with obama's SECDEF and the president himself.so they will just sit until the are moved again to do nothing because all the high leadership of the taliban are now KIA.


jacob June 3, 2014 at 12:51 pm

we need these things,altough i do not trust the local population.


orly? June 4, 2014 at 7:46 pm

Why the hate for the Japanese?


tiger June 8, 2014 at 10:07 am

Huh? What the hell is wrong with the "local population?"


Jacob June 8, 2014 at 11:40 am

I don't trust mostly the Chinese,although we could fly these things from South Korea where the skies are friendler.


orly? June 8, 2014 at 9:52 pm

Japan has much friendlier skies compared to SK in more than one way.


Jacob June 18, 2014 at 2:36 pm

That's bullshit,I don't trust anyone over there and I also don't trust that PLAAF fighters won't go and accidentally blow up one,which they then say it was intruding inside chinsese airspace.

Dfens June 3, 2014 at 2:17 pm

A handful of Global Hawks go to Japan and that's news? Must have been the entire "Pacific Pivot".


andy June 3, 2014 at 3:46 pm

And this mission FOR ?????????


Tiger June 4, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Lots to have a eye in the sky on in the region.


blight_ June 3, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Cool story.

A quick google search is…interesting.


Mitch S. June 3, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Guess they feel the need to beef up the Godzilla alert patrols.


FlyHigh June 5, 2014 at 12:05 am

Why did the USAF have to move the GHs to Japan—couldn't they fly their "summer time" ISR missions out of Guam where they have been for years. HMMMM?


SaeMarke June 5, 2014 at 5:19 am

Did you not read the article? Guam has crap wx in the summer and too many missions were cancelled. Aircraft cost a lot of money even when they are not being used.


brian c. June 8, 2014 at 5:39 am

Japan will have an offensive military soon enough. China will not mess then. My thought anyway.


Jacob June 8, 2014 at 11:42 am

The Chinese dont give crap if the JSDF has a working military,they just don't want our drones in "Chinese airspace"


tiger June 4, 2014 at 3:29 pm

No…… We funded the Mujahedin. The The Taliban came later after the war & were opposed by many ex fighters. Your ignorance is showing…..


DRm June 4, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Lois is right. You are going by what is being reported in the MSM. You will always be in the dark about lots of things if rely on the MSM. And you don't read much. Even the MSM has reported US giving money to the Taliban on a few occasions. You are so out of touch with reality.


orly? June 18, 2014 at 10:33 pm

Facts are well, facts.

The US has more active airfields in Japan.

Japan has alot airspace/ADIZ between itself and the nearest landmass rather than SK which has the DMZ and China from the East.

Also basing the entire US 7th Fleet there for decades shows alot don't you think?

Get over your problem.


Jacob June 18, 2014 at 10:47 pm

What problem,may I ask?

It is totally true,we may have the seventh.
Do you see drones escorted by fighter,no,you do not so it is totally illrelavant to the situation at hand.

You need to wait and see when one of our drones goes "missing" it will be the chinsese to blame.


orly? June 19, 2014 at 8:17 am

A drone going missing is more likely to happen in SK simply due to its proximity to China, while Japan's much farther away.

SK also has a higher risk of infiltration/espionage due to several other factors.


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