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The futuristic-looking aircraft is a high-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned aerial reconnaissance system designed to provide battlefield commanders with high-resolution, near-real-time imagery of large geographic areas. Operating autonomously, it is capable of flying to 65,000 feet with a range of 14,000 miles and a flight endurance of 40 hours.

While the craft unveiled Friday is the first production model, the Global Hawk has already proven its worth in operations over Afghanistan and Iraq using the developmental versions.

"It's the first production unit, and yet it's been in combat twice already," Seymour said.

Of the aircraft's 3,000 flight hours, half were logged during combat.
By netchicken: posted on 3-8-2003








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