(RFI) issued recently by Indian Ministry. Northrop Grumman
has received necessary permission from United States and has
offered MQ-4C, which is a modified Naval version of combat proven Global Hawk,
improvised for the Maritime surveillance.
MQ-4C also known as Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) UAV based on
Global Hawk and will complement the 737 based Multimission Maritime
Aircraft (MMA), the P-8A Poseidon.
MQ-4C Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) UAV will have 36 hour endurance
and will be able to operate up to 60000 ft against strong winds and
severe weather, and has a payload of 3200 LB .MQ-4C will have 2D AESA
radar providing it 360 degree coverage over vast section of the ocean.
MQ-4C will provide Indian Navy, a tactical platform which will be able
to scan large section of Indian Ocean for Hostile surface and Submarine
fleet, and it also will be operationally be quite cheaper to operate
than a manned surveillance aircraft.