By Jeremy Herb - 01/27/12 03:22 PM EST
"The Global Hawk program has demonstrated its utility in U.S. military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, as well as its utility in humanitarian operations in Japan and Haiti,” the company said.
Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Thursday that the Block 30, one of four variants of the Global Hawk, “priced itself out of the niche for taking pictures in the air.”
“We will continue to use the U-2 — that's a disappointment to us,” Carter said. “We had hoped to replace the U-2 with the Global Hawk, but the Global Hawk became expensive. And that's the fate of things that become too expensive in a resource-constrained environment.”
But Northrop brought up a statement from the
Pentagon about the Global Hawk Block 30 from last year, which said: “The
continuation of the program is essential to the national security.”
"There are no alternatives to the program which will provide
acceptable capability to meet the joint military requirement at less cost," the statement read.