Northrop Grumman, Cassidian Fly First Sensor-Equipped EURO HAWK® Unmanned Aircraft

  Northrop Grumman, Cassidian Fly First Sensor-Equipped EURO HAWK® Unmanned

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MANCHING, Germany, Jan. 11, 2013

MANCHING, Germany, Jan. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Northrop Grumman Corporation
(NYSE: NOC) and EADS Deutschland GmbH, operating through Cassidian, together
achieved a major milestone today with the first full system test flight of the
EURO HAWK® unmanned aircraft system (UAS) equipped with the signals
intelligence (SIGINT) advanced sensors for detection of radar and
communication emitters. Cassidian is the defence and security division of EADS


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The EURO HAWK® took off at 10:36 a.m. Central European time from Manching Air
Base and climbed to a ceiling of 54,000 feet within military controlled
airspace, far above and at a safe distance from civilian air traffic. After
more than eight hours aloft, the aircraft landed safely back at Manching Air
Base at 4:38 p.m. Central European time.

"This successful flight demonstrates the EURO HAWK® program's systems
integration capabilities and cutting-edge technologies. The
Cassidian-developed SIGINT sensor suite, conforming to the German Bundeswehr's
requirements, showed excellent performance within the perfect interplay of the
overall system," said Bernhard Gerwert, chief executive officer of Cassidian.
"We therefore are proud to prove with these test flights the new EURO HAWK's
mission capability of strategic SIGINT intelligence for the protection and
security of the German armed forces."

The EURO HAWK® system previously completed extensive ground testing at
Manching Air Base, receiving final approval from the German Airworthiness
Authority to flight test the functionalities of the integrated SIGINT payload.

"Today's SIGINT sensor flight marks the start of the critical flight test
phase of the EURO HAWK® payload for the German Bundeswehr," said Tom Vice,
corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems
sector. "EURO HAWK® represents many significant firsts for Northrop Grumman.
Not only is it our first trans-Atlantic cooperation with Germany and
Cassidian, but it is also the first international version of the RQ-4 Global
Hawk produced by the company and the first high-altitude, long-endurance
[HALE] SIGINT UAS in Europe."

Based on the RQ-4B Global Hawk HALE UAS, the EURO HAWK® system includes a
ground station consisting of a mission control and launch and recovery
elements provided by Northrop Grumman. It is equipped with a new SIGINT
mission system developed by Cassidian, providing standoff capability to detect
electronic and communications emitters. The SIGINT ground station, which
receives and analyzes the data from EURO HAWK® as part of an integrated system
solution, is also supplied by Cassidian.

"The EURO HAWK® success story continues to unfold and will enable Germany to
independently conduct round-the-clock surveillance and reconnaissance," said
Neset Tukenmez, chief executive officer for the EuroHawk GmbH. "With this
first sensor flight, the EURO HAWK® effectively demonstrated its system
capability for safe operation within German air space."

With a wingspan larger than most commercial airliners, endurance of more than
30 hours and a maximum altitude of approximately 60,000 feet, EURO HAWK® is an
interoperable, modular and cost-effective replacement for the fleet of manned
Breguet Atlantic aircraft, which was in service since 1972 and retired in

About Cassidian

Cassidian, an EADS company, is a worldwide leader in global security solutions
and systems, providing lead system integration and value-added products and
services to civil and military customers around the globe: air systems
(aircraft and UAS), land, naval and joint systems, intelligence and
surveillance, cybersecurity, secure communications, test systems, missiles,
and services and support solutions. Please visit for more

About EuroHawk GmbH

EuroHawk GmbH, a 50-50 joint venture of Northrop Grumman and Cassidian (EADS
Deutschland GmbH), serves as the national prime contractor for the German
Ministry of Defence through the system's entire life cycle. Please visit for more information. For more information on the program,
please see

About Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative
systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cybersecurity, C4ISR, and
logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.
Please visit for more information.

SOURCE Northrop Grumman Corporation

Contact: Northrop Grumman, Cyndi Wegerbauer, +1-858-618-5323 (office),
+1-858-705-3280 (mobile),, or Ken Beedle
(International), +44 207 747 1910 (office), +44 7787 174092 (mobile),; or Cassidian, Christian Albert, +49 (0)8459-81 80484
(office), +49 (0)160 9390 8510 (mobile),
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