Global Hawk surveillance drone moved to Japan to keep track of Nork nukes?
An RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance drone arrived at Yokota Air Base Monday night, starting a five-month operation in Tokyo, the U.S. base announced.The drone is controlled locally for take offs and landings but is controlled from the US after it reaches altitude. A total of five of these drones are moving into position.
The U.S. Air Force’s Global Hawk drone is expected to survey ballistic missiles and nuclear facilities in North Korea, which have fueled political tensions over the past month.
The aircraft is part of the 69th Reconnaissance Group Detachment 1 and provides near real-time aerial imagery reconnaissance support to U.S. and partner nations, according to the base’s website.
Four more Global Hawks are slated to be deployed to the base. A total of 110 staff members, including mechanics, are set to be stationed there in a related move.