Earlier this year, Northrop Grumman Corporation delivered a Global Hawk autonomous aircraft carrying the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) to the U.S. Air Force fleet. BACN – also developed by Northrop Grumman – is a high-altitude, airborne gateway that translates and distributes voice communications, and other battlespace information from numerous sources.
BACN bridges the gaps between those systems and extends communications among disparate users and networks to provide improved situational awareness.
BACN has completed more than 10,000 combat missions connecting warfighters in the air and on the ground.
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|Wingspan||130.9 feet/39.9 m|
|Length||47.6 feet/14.5 m|
|Height||15.4 feet/4.7 m|
|Gross Take-Off Weight (GTOW)||32,250 lbs./14,628 kg|
|Power Plant||Rolls-Royce AE3007H turbofan engine|
|Thrust||8,290 lbs./36.8 kN/3,752.5 kgf|
|Maximum Altitude||60,000 feet/18.3 km|
|Payload||3,000 lbs./1,360 kg|
|Loiter Velocity||310 knots TAS/357 mph/574 km/h|
|Ferry Range||12,300 NM/14,155 miles/22,780 km|
|On-Station Endurance Exceeds||24 hours|
|Maximum Endurance||30 hours|