Northrop Grumman Corporation and L-3 MAS will join forces on a variant of the Northrop Grumman-produced Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for Canada to maintain continuous surveillance of its Arctic territories.
|Rendering of Polar Hawk system. Click to enlarge.|
Dubbed “Polar Hawk,” the system will be designed to stay aloft for long periods of time in harsh weather conditions over vast expanses of the Earth‘s surface monitoring land, ice, littoral and open water environments throughout the Arctic.
Flying at 60,000 feet, well above challenging weather and all commercial air traffic, Polar Hawk can range over 22,000 kilometers and stay airborne for more than 33 hours, day or night in all weather conditions.
In addition to its surveillance payloads, Polar Hawk has the power to support and can be equipped with a wide range of instrumentation for conducting science and environmental missions, as demonstrated by NASA using earlier versions of the Global Hawk UAS as far as 85 degrees north latitude. It can also be deployed to support humanitarian missions and provide surveillance over Canada’s vast territory stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific territorial waters and coasts.
L-3 MAS, a division of L-3's Integrated Systems Group, is among Canada’s leading providers of aircraft life-cycle extension services, aircraft in-service support services and aerostructures to government and commercial customers.