Pacific Global Hawks: Jump in the Pool!
In March 2006, “Australia Rushes AIR 7000 HALE UAV Project, Considers Multi-National Global Hawk Pacific “Pool” discussed US proposals to create a common regional pool of Global Hawks based in Guam. The proposal before Australia, Japan, Singapore, and Thailand included options for a shared and commonly funded fleet, operated much like NATO’s E-3 Sentry AWACS. Alternatively, there was an option B proposal in which countries acquire their own $80+ million Global Hawk systems, and make them available to the common regional fleet on agreed terms.
That proposal appears to be gaining momentum – and potential participants.
An Oct 4/07 Reuters report
[Reuters India | Singapore’s Straits Times] says that the United States is now pitching the Global Hawk consortium idea to Australia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, India, Brunei and Sri Lanka. US PACAF(Pacific Air Forces) says the list of invited countries could grow further, regional demonstrations are being planned for 2008, and BAMS UAV project partner Australia has indicated interest in the idea.