The Japan Air Self Defence Drive (Koku Jieitai, JASDF) has taken supply of the primary of three RQ-4B Block 30(I) International Hawk remotely piloted aerial programs (RPAS) from US protection contractor Northrop Grumman. Images of the plane on arrival confirmed its Japanese markings lined over by non permanent USAF insignia for the ferry flight. Nevertheless, its Japanese-assigned serial quantity ‘23-6003’ was evident on the tails. The Northrop Grumman autonomous HALE plane landed at Misawa Air Base within the northern a part of Honshu, which would be the residence base for all three Japanese International Hawks. The JASDF’s Reconnaissance Air Group will function the International Hawks. U.S. International Hawks have been working collectively with the JSDF for a number of years.

The Northrop Grumman RQ-4 International Hawk is a high-altitude, remotely-piloted surveillance plane. It was initially designed by Ryan Aeronautical (now a part of Northrop Grumman), and often called Tier II+ throughout improvement. Within the RQ-4 identify, the “R” is the Division of Protection designation for reconnaissance and “Q” means unmanned plane system. The “4” refers back to the sequence of purpose-built remotely piloted plane programs. The “E” in EQ-4 delineates the communication configuration of the BACN outfitted plane. The RQ-4 gives a broad overview and systematic surveillance utilizing high-resolution artificial aperture radar (SAR) and electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensors with lengthy loiter instances over goal areas.


The primary of the Japan Air Self-Protection Drive’s (JASDF) three RQ-4B Block 30(I) International Hawk remotely piloted aerial programs (RPAS) touched down in Japan on 12 March.

International Hawk is at the moment fielded in three distinct blocks. Seven Block 10 plane had been procured, however had been retired from the Air Drive stock in 2011, Block 20s had been initially fielded with IMINT-only capabilities. Block 30 is a multi-intelligence platform that concurrently carries electro-optical, infrared, artificial aperture radar (SAR), and excessive and low band SIGINT sensors. Block 40 Early Working Functionality (EOC) was declared in Sep 2013 and eleven Block 40s are at the moment fielded, supporting operations in 4 combatant instructions. International Hawk is flown by a Launch and Restoration Component (LRE) and a Mission Management Component (MCE). It will probably survey as a lot as 40,000 sq. miles (100,000 km2) of terrain per day, an space the dimensions of South Korea or Iceland.

On 24 August 2013, Japan introduced that the JASDF deliberate to function one International Hawk collectively with the U.S. by 2015. On 21 November 2014, the Japanese Ministry of Protection formally determined to obtain the International Hawk, which beat out the Common Atomics Guardian ER; Japan has additionally been within the buy of three plane. The contract will ship three RQ-4B Block 30(I) International Hawk underneath a contract value $489.9 million. The RQ-4 International Hawk is a high-altitude unmanned aerial car used for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations. It has a wingspan of over 130 toes and has a most takeoff weight of 16 tons, making it unusually massive for a UAV. The RQ-4 has a spread over over 12,000 miles and may keep within the air for greater than 34 hours.