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BWB Comments Euro Hawk Hand-over

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Presentation of Euro Hawk Reconnaissance Platform

(Source: BWB; issued November 4, 2011)

On 12 October 2011 the Euro Hawk Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) was presented to government representatives, industry representatives and the media during a roll out ceremony in Manching.

"Today, signals intelligence is becoming increasingly important for the protection of soldiers on deployment", says State Secretary Stéphane Beemelmans. Not only does the Euro Hawk close the capability gap in the field of signals intelligence that was caused by the withdrawal of the Breguet 1150 Atlantique reconnaissance aircraft from service last year, but it also significantly increases the capabilities for the support of missions and the provision of intelligence for decision makers.

Thanks to the planned procurement of another four Euro Hawk production aircraft the Bundeswehr will take on a pioneering role. Up to now, no other nation has operated a remote controlled signal detecting sensor system in a high altitude unmanned aerial vehicle.

The presentation also marks the beginning of the testing phase of Euro Hawk as overall system. The test aircraft is to be delivered to the Bundeswehr in 2012. During the testing phase the Bundesamt für Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung will, in close cooperation with industry, Air Force and Strategic Reconnaissance Command, coordinate further test procedures to finally field an innovative reconnaissance system for the Bundeswehr.

The integrated sensor system is capable of detecting military relevant signals and, thus, reconnaissance results in a broad electromagnetic spectrum, which will set new standards for Bundeswehr signals intelligence.

Euro Hawk, with a range of 20,000 kilometers already demonstrated and with almost 30 hours of continuous flight, is capable of transmitting the recorded data via satellite from the area of operation to Germany (and back) in near real time.