U.S. Air Force Flying New Northrop Drone

Dec 06, 2013 No Comments by

The U.S. Air Force is testing a new unmanned spy plane developed by Northrop Grumman that could be ready for military missions by 2015, Aviation Week magazine reported on Friday, citing defense and intelligence officials.

Aviation Week said Northrop won the contract to build the drone, the RQ-180, after a competition that included Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp, maker of the smaller, less stealthy RQ-170 spy plane, one of which went down in Iran. The RQ-180 was funded through the Air Force’s classified budget and would replace the Lockheed SR-71 that was retired in 1998, the magazine reported.

Northrop spokesman Randy Belote declined comment on the report, referring queries to the Air Force. Officials at the Air Force and Pentagon also declined comment.

For the complete story by Reuters, click here.

Photo via Defense Tech

Featured News, Military

About the author

Online Editor I've been around airplanes since I was a kid. That's when my uncle, a professional pilot, showed me how to fly his Cessna 177 Cardinal. l later became a writer and editor, so covering the exciting and ever-changing aviation industry -- which I've been doing in Flight Journal's Flybys since the late '90s -- was a natural fit.
No Responses to “U.S. Air Force Flying New Northrop Drone”
Copyright © 2014 Air Age Media. All rights reserved.