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HMS Pinafore wrote:That will still leave the USN (as mentioned) & Europe operating the type. If they can do so, what are they doing that the USAF is not doing?
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jua wrote:HMS Pinafore wrote:That will still leave the USN (as mentioned) & Europe operating the type. If they can do so, what are they doing that the USAF is not doing?
What they are doing is 'not having any other suitable replacement'; Europe and USN don't have the U-2 as a 'already paid for' option. Were it that the U-2s were grounded or otherwise unflyable, USAF would keep the Hawk. As it is I think they have like 30 airframes to fulfill the need, so in these times of cuts, why spend your money here?
the Air Force decision was based on the cost of the Global Hawk unmanned
planes, and that the service would investigate using a Marine version
with different sensors that Northrop is developing for the Navy.
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ravage wrote:The block 10 is a significantly and visibly different plane than the rest. Block 20, 30, and 40's are distinguished by payload and some have been retrofitted to other payloads than originally intended.
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