Report: Japan Plans to Buy Northrop-Made Global Hawk Drones

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Japan plans to invest approximately 372 million dollars over the next decade to buy new unmanned aerial vehicles as part of a military fleet expansion, Defense One reported Monday. Daniel Medina writes that an IHS Jane’s senior analyst has indicated that the Japanese government is interested in acquiring Northrop Grumman-made (NYSE: NOC) Global Hawk UAVs as well as missile-tracking drones. “They...

Air Force Extends Northrop’s Weather Forecasting Contract

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Northrop Grumman  (NYSE: NOC) has won a contract worth 跌 million to help the U.S. Air Force disseminate weather prediction data for military users worldwide, the Washington Business Journal reported Monday. Jill Aitoro writes that Northrop will continue to provide systems engineering, management and sustainment assistance to the Air Force Weather Agency through July 31, 2009. The company helps...

Northrop, Boeing-Lockheed Bid on Potential $55B USAF Long-Range Bomber Contract

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Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) and the Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) team are bidding on a potential billion U.S. Air Force contract to build next-generation long-range strike bomber aircraft, The Motley Fool reported Sunday. Katie Spence writes that these companies are the main contenders to build 80 to 100 LRS-B aircraft at $550 million procurement cost per unit, as the Air Force...

DARPA Picks Boeing, Masten, Northrop for Hypersonic Spaceplane Program

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Boeing (NYSE: BA), Masten Space Systems and Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) have been awarded prime contracts to develop a reusable unmanned launch vehicle for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency DARPA intends to use the vehicle to send small satellites into low-Earth orbit by using expendable upper stages, the agency said Tuesday. The companies will work to build a demonstration vehicle,...

Mark Caylor, Stephen Movius Add New Northrop Leadership Roles; Wes Bush Comments

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Mark Caylor Mark Caylor, a corporate vice president and president for enterprise shared services at Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC), has taken the additional role of chief strategy officer for the company. He adds corporate development and supply chain management to his work responsibilities and will continue to report directly to CEO Wes Bush, Northrop said Friday. Stephen Movius The company also announced...

Chris Bogdan: F-35 Industry Partners to Make ‘Upfront Investment’ Under Cost Reduction Deal

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Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and its two primary industry partners in the F-35 program have signed an agreement with the Defense Department to develop strategies aimed at reducing F-35′s production costs. The Blueprint for Affordability deal aims to bring the “fifth-generation” fighter aircraft program at a “fourth-generation” price point by the end of the decade, Lockheed...

Northrop Switches With BAE for Prime Contractor Role in AF T-X Trainer Bid

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Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) has taken the prime contractor role in its joint bid with BAE Systems for the potential billion U.S. Air Force T-X trainer contract, Breaking Defense reported Monday. Colin Clark writes Northrop will now lead its partnership BAE, L-3 Link Simulation & Training and Rolls-Royce as they offer BAE’s Hawk trainer jet for the Air Force’s 350-plane program. “The...

Patrick Neary, Brett Amidon Promoted to Northrop Aerospace Systems VP Roles; Peggy Nelson Comments

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Patrick Neary and Brett Amidon, both formerly directors at Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC), have elevated to vice president ranks within the company’s aerospace systems sector. Neary will serve as the sector’s VP of engineering for unmanned system programs and Amidon was appointed to a VP post in the sector’s engineering and global product development organization, Northrop said Monday. “Pat...

Northrop Awarded $3.6B to Build 25 Navy Hawkeye Aircraft

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Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) has been awarded a $3.6 billion multiyear contract to build a new batch of Hawkeye aircraft for the U.S. Navy. Northrop will work to build 25 new E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes and incorporate a rotating rotodome and four vertical stabilizer tail configuration into the aircraft for surveillance operations, Northrop said Monday. Navy Capt. John Lemmon, program manager of...

Eric Single: Air Force B-2 Bomber to Get Weapon, Comm Tech Upgrades

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The Air Force has launched a B-2 Spirit technology overhaul project with the goal of extending the operational lifespan of its stealth bombers through 2058, DoD Buzz reported Wednesday. Kris Osborn writes that Eric Single, Air Force chief of the Global Strike division, said the service’s B-2 fleet will be upgraded to feature new radar warning and communication receivers, avionics, and digital...