First Global Hawk drone headed to Robins for maintenance

For the first time, an Air Force drone will land at Robins Air Force Base next week.

It's a RQ-4 Global Hawk drone, arriving to be repainted and refurbished at the base.

In January, General John Kubinec said he hoped the Global Hawk would open up "other opportunities" at the base and open the door for Robins to do repair, paint and sustainment work on drones.

According to the base, the Global Hawk drone is scheduled to arrive early on Wednesday, May 10.

The base says this is the first time that type of unmanned aerial vehicle marks has flown to an Air Force Air Logistics Complex.

The Air Force will also install a Building Based Launch and Recovery Element at Robins, where workers can operating drone launches and landings.

Some Robins workers have traveled to California for drone training, according to the base.

The military is using the Global Hawk for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions against ISIS.

According to the Air Force, the RQ-4 Global Hawk weighs 7.5 tons and has a 131-foot wingspan. It can fly for 34 hours straight and travel more than 12,000 nautical miles.

 

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