low cost spy plane takes off as military budgets squeezed - surveillance camera housing
Baltimore, Maryland, August 29 (Reuters)-
Northrop Grumman, B-
The reconnaissance plane and the Global Hawk drone will show a smaller and cheaper reconnaissance plane this week. S.
Legal institutions and foreign countries.
The new aerial claw system marks the expansion of Northrop's overseas revenue and entry into a new Africa.
Given the expected decline in the US military marketS.
After a decade of rapid growth, military spending.
The new plane has increased.
Solid, single technology sensor
Kodiak aircraft, including a wide
A regional surveillance camera that takes images in a four-mile-long, four-mile area has been used to help arrest Southern United StatesS. border.
"The cost of aerial claws will be millions lower than other aircraft," Tom cubit, senior director of Northrop Grumman Technical Services, told reporters at a small private airport outside Baltimore.
He said Northrop has built more than a dozen special missions for the United States. S.
The government in the past 21 years, but as a low
Given the growing budget pressure on the United States, cost alternativesS.
The government and 48 countries estimated to use the aircraft.
Northrop will show the United States aerial clawsS.
Law enforcement agencies this week.
The aircraft can take off and land on short, unimproved runways, first flew in July, and has aroused strong initial interest at two airports in the United States. S.
This summer's air show.
Kubit said the company will host a series of demonstration flights for potential customers across the country by October.
He said Northrop will bring the new aircraft to market for border patrols, law enforcement, disaster relief and special operations.
He declined to give the exact price, but said the price of a new plane with standard sensors would be similar to that of Pilatus PC.
Manufactured by the Swiss Pilatus aircraft, which costs less than $4 million and is millions cheaper than King's airlines, neither company has surveillance equipment.
Northrop is also selling a new model remotely.
It says that driving a drone, Sandstorm, will significantly reduce the cost of training pilots to fly drones such as predators and Reaper, giving them more opportunities to practice, and it is possible to avoid the damage caused by multiple hard landings by unmanned aircraft.
Sandstorm can fly over the Internet and can also be used to test the payload and some limited operations, says Karl Purdy, new project manager for unmanned aerial systems at Northrop technical services.
Purdy said that the cost of each new aircraft and its control system is less than $100,000, and he called the project the idea of Don Bintz, one of the first pilots to drive a Predator drone made by a privately owned common atomic company.