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S. Korea nearing decision to buy Northrop's Global Hawks

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, Nov. 1 (Yonhap) -- South Korea is poised to buy four Global Hawks from Northrop Grumman through the U.S. Foreign Military Sale (FMS) program, with a decision expected to come early next year, a government source said Friday. Seeking better surveillance capabilities on North Korea, Seoul has sought to buy the high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), obtaining sales approval for four airplanes from the U.S. government in April.

S. Korea nearing decision to buy Northrop's Global Hawks

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, Nov. 1 (Yonhap) -- South Korea is poised to buy four Global Hawks from Northrop Grumman through the U.S. Foreign Military Sale (FMS) program, with a decision expected to come early next year, a government source said Friday. Seeking better surveillance capabilities on North Korea, Seoul has sought to buy the high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), obtaining sales approval for four airplanes from the U.S. government in April.

Japan eyes new air traffic control rule for introduction of drones

The government plans to devise a new air traffic control rule to prepare for the Self-Defense Forces' introduction of unmanned reconnaissance aircraft, government officials said Sunday. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism will start studying similar rules in other countries next month to work out a new rule in fiscal 2014 from April, the officials said. The current aviation law may be revised since it only applies to manned aircraft, they said.

Cost of flying Northrop's Global Hawk down over 50 percent: sources

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The cost of flying Northrop Grumman Corp's <NOC.N> RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned spy plane has dropped more than 50 percent over the past three years, reflecting higher use and efforts to lower operating costs, a source familiar with the program said. Government records show that it cost $18,900 per hour to fly the high-altitude reconnaissance and surveillance drone in mid-2013, compared to $40,600 in 2010, according to the source, who was not authorized to speak publicly.

Parliament advises review of Taurus, Global Hawk acquisition plan

SEOUL, July 5 (Yonhap) -- The National Assembly has advised the government to re-examine its plan to buy European long-range air-to-ground missiles and high-altitude surveillance aircraft from the United States, citing too high price tags, a parliamentary report showed Friday.
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