HomeNewsArticle Display

EQ-4 Global Hawk Controlled‘Beyond Line of Sight’

380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron grounds communication technicians Airman 1st Class Trevor Anderson, Senior Airman Seth Oatridge, Airman 1st Class Michael Ha, and Airman 1st Class Brandon Stockham pose for a group photo in front of their communication satellite, Feb. 17, 2019 at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates.

380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron grounds communication technicians Airman 1st Class Trevor Anderson, Senior Airman Seth Oatridge, Airman 1st Class Michael Ha, and Airman 1st Class Brandon Stockham pose for a group photo in front of their communication satelliteat Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 17, 2019. These members were responsible for keeping the Beyond Line of Sight technology operational. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Darnell T. Cannady)

An RQ-4 Global Hawk sits in a hangar Feb. 17, 2019 at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates.

An MQ-4 Global Hawk sits in a hangar at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 17, 2019. ADAB controled this aircraft even when it’s away from the base or as the name of this technology implies, Beyond Line of Sight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Darnell T. Cannady)

AL DHAFRA AIR BASE, United Arab Emirates (AFNS) -- One of the assets flying missions from Al Dhafra Air Base, is the EQ-4 Global Hawk. This remotely piloted aircraft previously required coordination with other bases to control it while in the air. Now by utilizing technology this process can be conducted locally.

ADAB can control this aircraft even when it’s away from the base or as the name of this technology implies, “Beyond Line of Sight”.

“The BLOS plays a major role because it allows us to fly the jet farther than any Launch and Recovery Element could ever before, utilizing Satellite communication as its main link rather than a Line Of Sight link,” said Senior Airman Seth Oatridge, 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron ground communication technician.

With a 24/7 mission requiring a bird to always be in the sky, EQ-4 pilots and maintainers can plan, launch and execute missions locally without relying on other bases.

“With everything being handled in house from all maintenance to the satellite communication work, it has drastically reduced the time it took us to ‘Scramble the Hawks’,” said Oatridge.

The members responsible for keeping this technology operation are the Hawk Aircraft Maintenance Unit ground communication technicians. The BLOS was implemented here in September 2018 and this crew of satellite communication troops and cyber systems operations work to make sure everything is operational.

“Anything that goes wrong with the equipment, we fix it,” said Senior Airman Michael Ha, 380th EAMXS grounds communication technician. “Our main mission here is to provide that communication to our ground troops and the BLOS allows this. Without us, they wouldn’t be able to keep the links up and communicate with ground troops leading to a mission failure.”

Thanks to the combined efforts between the Hawk AMU maintainers and the pilots of the 99th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, they can now locally conduct various missions without having to reach back stateside for support.

Engage

Facebook Twitter
RT @AETCommand: Transforming the way we learn with technology is one of our key priorities here in the First Command! Check out the photos…
RT @AirNatlGuard: This week, @ChiefNGB visited the @PRNationalGuard at Muñiz Air National Guard Base to meet with senior leaders and discus…
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: YOU are the most important reason for our mission success. Take care of each other & preserve the connections & commun…
RT @AirmanMagazine: When it comes to acquisitions, the @usairforce has the need for speed. Equipping Airmen with the best technology start…
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: A distinct privilege to help unveil the F-117 exhibit, establishing this remarkable aircraft in its rightful place in…
RT @AirNatlGuard: “For me personally, the CAP and Air Guard go hand in hand. When I look back at any state active duty or state support we…
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: Honored to participate on a panel with my fellow Service Chiefs at the @ReaganInstitute. May our leaders of today & th…
It was just a childhood dream but it crescendoed into this #Airman becoming the only woman in the #AirForce to both… https://t.co/vzGjPe7Vri
RT @USAFReserve: Loadmaster first Reservist to complete USAF Weapons School Advanced Instructor Course (Story by the @403rdWing) #ReserveRe
.@secafoffical will speak about America’s footprint in space going forward at 5:45 EST. Watch live at https://t.co/aSlw5ceGJj
RT @DeptofDefense: LIVE: @EsperDoD delivers keynote remarks at the Reagan National Defense Forum. #RNDF https://t.co/ZXhuaTOQTm
Today, we help Col. Charles McGee, a Tuskegee Airman, combat veteran and American legend, celebrate 💯 sorties aroun… https://t.co/bcmcDr4IYW
December 7, 1941. #PearlHarbor and six other #military bases on the Hawaiian island of Oahu were attacked, beginnin… https://t.co/4GvB8yPpGV
RT @US_TRANSCOM: Take a look at @usairforce Airmen assigned to the @109thAW using their ski-equipped C-130s to deliver supplies to the Arct…
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: Thank you to Gen CQ Brown & the @PACAF team for the outstanding work organizing one of largest gatherings of Pacific A…
RT @DeptofDefense: Flying side by side gets the mission done. @usairforce and @RoyalAirForce participated in exercise Point Blank with @NAT
RT @HQUSAFEPA: Getting to see a chaplain in a remote location is a #blessing. Archbishop of U.S. Military Services Timothy Broglio recently…
RT @AFWERX: Did you catch @EdwardsAFB’s first-ever @TEDx event? There’s no doubt their theme, “Laying the Foundation for Tomorrow’s Innovat…
RT @DeptofDefense: Press ▶️ to get motivated by watching this video of exercise #MobilityGuardian19, Air Mobility Command's largest full-sp…