South Korea’s Northrop-Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft

Photo: U.S. State Department.

U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris tweeted out this photo of a Northrop-Grumman RQ-4B Global Hawk High-Altitude Long-Endurance (HALE) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in Republic of Korea Air Force markings inside a hangar at an unknown location yesterday, U.S. time.

Harris said that the Global Hawk in the photo had been delivered to South Korea, with what appears to be another Global Hawk in the background. This delivery will be the second of four RQ-4B Block 30 Global Hawks ordered by South Korea. The first arrived at Sacheon air base in South Korea in December 2019, with the remaining UAS to be delivered in the first half of this year.

South Korea will use these high value reconnaissance assets to monitor its nuclear-armed neighbour North Korea, which has never formally ended its war with the South since 1953 and has stepped up its missile testing in recent months.

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