Northrop Grumman is the U.S. Army’s Hunter prime contractor.
Hunter UAVs are deployed at various Army facilities in the United States and at overseas locations. Northrop Grumman’s Unmanned Systems Integration Center in Sierra Vista, Ariz., is the Army’s Hunter depot support facility. MQ-5B Hunter is a long endurance, medium altitude, multimission, tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) optimized to provide Army division and corps commanders with a dedicated Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) capability. Operated and maintained in the field by enlisted soldiers, the legacy RQ-5A Hunter accomplished its missions with distinction in peace and war, setting Department of Defense (DoD) standards for reliability and availability. Hunter has more than 20 years service and surpassed 100,000 flight hours in December 2010. The MQ-5B conducts battlefield surveillance using multiple sensors, including its multi-mission EO/IR/LD/LRF/Illuminator and SIGINT payloads. Flying over the battlefield, it gathers ISR data in real time, and transmits it via wideband Tactical Common Data Link (TCDL) to commanders and soldiers on the ground who are able to communicate in real-time via Hunter’s Communications Relay Payload. Hunter’s multi-payload capability provides enhanced situational awareness and the ability to proactively plan and execute decisive combat operations.