DARPA KQ-X (Global Hawk)
United States (2012)
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Two Northrop Grumman Global Hawk UAVs participated in NASA research regarding UAVs and inflight refuleing.
Detailing the development and operational history of the DARPA KQ-X (Global Hawk) Unmanned Aerial Refueling Tanker Demonstrator Vehicle. Entry last updated on 4/4/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com
In August of 2012, it was announced that the pair of Global Hawks had completed a close-formation flight. The flights were undertaken back in May of 2012. Contrary to the normal arrangement of the hose-and-drogue fuel delivery system currently in use by fixed-wing aircraft (in which the receiving aircraft tailed the refueler), the KQ-X program is utilizing a receiver aircraft situated ahead and above the trailing tanker, the hose being lowered to the awaiting tanker. The tanker aircraft was identified by its long nose probe used in collecting sensitive mission data. The twin aircraft were put through all manner of close-ranged positions in the testing.
The second phase of testing has since been placed on hold as the Global Hawks were reverted back to NASA specifications for the upcoming hurricane season. Post-October, the Global Hawks will be reverted once again back to the KQ-X configuration for additional testing concerning Phase 2.
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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
This entry's maximum listed speed (497mph).
Graph average of 375 miles-per-hour.
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