Inside the Air Force - May 11, 2018

Congress proposes more money for BACN, push for RQ-4 upgrades

By Rachel Cohen  
May 10, 2018 at 3:53 PM
The House Armed Services Committee is nudging the Air Force to invest more in its EQ-4B Battlefield Airborne Communications Node aircraft, a modified version of Northrop Grumman's RQ-4 Global Hawk, in the chairman's mark of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill. While the Air Force did not request BACN funding in its FY-19 budget, lawmakers offered $105 million to buy another EQ-4B on top of the service's $23.7 million ask for RQ-4 modifications. Mark-up language indicates combatant commands are...

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