Procurement: February 9, 2004


Australia is buying a dozen U.S. RQ-4A Global Hawk UAVs for over $70 million each. This is a sharp increase in cost from the current cost of $35 million. The current Global Hawk has a large number of sensors on it, including a video camera that gives high resolution pictures with 12 inch resolution (objects a foot across can be identified.) A Global Hawk crossed the Pacific, from the West Coast of the United States to Australia, in 2001. The entire trip was programmed in the aircraft's navigation computer before take-off. Australia has vast coastal frontiers to watch, plus a huge, empty interior that often has to be watched for enormous bush fires. The first Australian Global Hawk will enter service in 2009. 


Article Archive

Procurement: Current 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close