Unmanned aircraft lands at Andersen AFB
by Nick Delgado
Guam - The infamous long endurance unmanned aircraft, the Global Hawk, touched down at Andersen Air Force Base. This high-altitude system provides intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability throughout the world as well as provides war fighters real time coverage using imagery intelligence sensors.
Pacific Air Forces Commander General Gary North says the aircraft will also be used to assist during recovery efforts of natural disasters that hit our region. "The intelligence and the download from this platform can be pumped to wherever our distributed ground stations are to do the processing, the exportation and then the dissemination of the intelligence and the information gathered," he explained.
The aircraft fleet is based out of Beale Air Force Base in California and is operated remotely by two pilots and a sensor operator. The air force currently has 10 Global Hawks in its inventory, priced between $37 million to $81 million dollars apiece.