An Air Forece RQ-4 Global Hawk. Courtesy Northrup Grumman

Northrop Grumman‘s Rancho Bernardo-based unmanned aircraft division won a $306 million contract Wednesday for support of the high altitude, long endurance RQ-4 Global Hawk drone.

The agreement with the Defense Department continues an existing contract for Global Hawk maintenance, inventory management, parts procurement and other tasks necessary to ensure the availability of the aircraft system.

“In a turbulent world, Global Hawk’s unparalleled reliability has made it an indispensable asset to the U.S. Air Force,” said Mick Jaggers, director of the Global Hawk program for Northrop Grumman. “Our team takes great pride in supporting the warfighter with an aircraft system that is ready and available whenever and wherever it’s needed. We look forward to continuing this relationship with the Air Force.”

Global Hawk aircraft have exceeded more than 130,000 total flight hours on anti-terrorism, anti-piracy, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, airborne communications and information-sharing missions.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.