Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) hasÂ secured a potential one-year, $35.8 million contract from the U.S. Navy to implementÂ risk reduction efforts for the futureÂ MQ-25 unmanned carrier aviation air system.
The Defense Department said Wednesday the company will work to refineÂ concepts and develop trade space ahead of the engineering and manufacturing development phase of theÂ MQ-25 program.
The Navy obligated the full contract amount at the time of award from its fiscal 2016 research, development, test and evaluation funds.
Northrop will perform work at various locations inÂ California through October 2017.
Boeing (NYSE: BA) andÂ Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)Â were also awarded separate contracts in September to conductÂ MQ-25 risk reduction activities for the military branch.
General Atomics will also provide similar services to the Navy under a contract awarded in earlyÂ October.