US Navy opts for Global Hawk for maritime surveillance

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The US Navy was the slowest and perhaps most reluctant of the armed services to embrace the potential of unmanned aircraft for the purpose of persistent surveillance.

After a false start in 2003, the USN initiated a competitive procurement process for a Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) fleet in 2006.

The multi-billion dollar contract predictably drew wide and intense interest from industry, affording the USN’s selection team an unusually wide array of options. Continue reading…

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