posted on Dec, 11 2005 @ 08:59 PM
If I'm not mistakened (and I could be) the Global Hawk unit price is somewhere just north of $14 million. If the Grob/Skytec twin engine German
business jet HALE concept costs 90% less
than the Global Hawk, it would cost approximately $1.5 million dollars.
Considering that the Enhanced Integrated Sensor Suite on the Global Hawk costs way more than that, one has to wonder what Grob intends to use for ISR
capability... a crew member with a Sony Camcorder pointed out the window?
Granted the Global Hawk is pretty expensive but so are business jets; especially when Grob & Skytec combine state of the art sensor suites, high
altitude, long loitering capability, etc.
Additionally, ya gotta wonder how the RCS on the Grob compares to that on the Global Hawk.
I'm certainly not questioning your information, I'm sure it's accurate... But I gotta wonder, are they asserting that the Grob/Skytec G600 is every
bit as good as the Global Hawk or simply cheaper?
On the other side of the coin maybe this will make the US realize that you can be more efficient with your taxpayer's money....
I knew I
couldn't say that with a straight face....