According to Aviation Week, a Northrop Grumman-built (NYSE: NOC) unmanned aerial vehicle designed with new technologies for evading radar and aerodynamics has begun flying with the goal of entering operations by 2015 for the U.S. Air Force.
Reporters Amy Butler and Bill Sweetman penned the exclusive story for the magazine, which is featuring Northrop’s RQ-180 drone on the cover of the Dec. 9 issue.
Butler and Sweetman report the company designed the RQ-180 to carry both active, electronically scanned array radars and passive electronic surveillance measures and could also be applied for electronic attack missions.
The Air Force and the CIA will hold joint control over the drone and could fly it into contested airspace, according to the report.
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