USA Global Hawk now flying orbits on the Donbass/Ukraine line for Artillery spotting?
Why is an American Northrop Grumman RQ-4B Global Hawk gathering intelligence for artillery strikes for hours into the Donbass Region?
A NOTAM (Notice to airmen) has been issued to say that all airspace over the Ukraine is closed.
Upadate: 02:43 AM GMT 24 February 2022
RQ-4B Global Hawk has left its orbits.
The Global Hawk is operated by the United States Air Force (USAF).
It is used as a High-Altitude Long Endurance platform covering the spectrum of intelligence collection capability to support forces in worldwide military operations. According to the USAF, the superior surveillance capabilities of the aircraft allow more precise weapons targeting and better protection of friendly forces.
According to Northrop Grumman, “the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) is the premier provider of persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information. Able to fly at high altitudes for greater than 30 hours, Global Hawk is designed to gather near-real-time, high-resolution imagery of large areas of land in all types of weather – day or night. Beyond intelligence collection a portion of the Global Hawk fleet has supported air and ground users with communications relay support. The EQ-4B Global Hawk previously carried the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) payload providing life-saving support to warfighters.”