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  • Top Secret Tombs: The Classified Stealth Aircraft Burial Grounds of Area 51

    01/09/2013 7:41:15 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 34 replies
    Urban Ghosts ^ | January 3rd, 2013 | Tom
    Top Secret Tombs: The Classified Stealth Aircraft Burial Grounds of Area 51 Top secret aircraft, even those that have been publicly disclosed, remain mysterious long after emerging from the black world. When – and if – secret planes are declassified, they’re treated differently from other military aircraft, and the specifics of their hardware may remain under wraps for decades. While some ultimately go to museums, others are placed into storage well away from prying eyes, awaiting a fate that may take years to arrive. One such fate that has befallen crashed, retired or failed projects over the decades is burial....
  • Onboard pilot optional with Northrop's Firebird spy plane

    05/09/2011 10:57:25 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    LA Times ^ | May 9, 2011 | W.J. Hennigan
    Aerospace giant Northrop Grumman Corp. has quietly developed a new spy plane that can listen in on phone conversations, use high-powered radar and shoot live video footage as it flies at 30,000 feet above the Earth. And the spy plane, expected to be unveiled Monday, would operate with or without a pilot sitting in the cockpit. Until now, U.S. military aircraft have been designed to either have a pilot on board or be an unmanned drone. But Northrop's new plane, dubbed the Firebird, can switch from being a traditional aircraft to a drone with just a few modifications. The Century...
  • Northrop joins race for next SIGINT aircraft fleet for US Army

    07/07/2010 11:22:36 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 7/8/2010 | Flight Global
    Northrop Grumman has formally entered the race to win a US Army contract to deliver a new fleet of signals intelligence aircraft. The announcement adds the company to a growing list of declared rivals - including Boeing and L-3 Communications - bidding for the enhanced medium-altitude reconnaissance and surveillance system (EMARSS). The army wants a prime contractor to integrate a small but sophisticated suite of multiple SIGINT collectors on to Beechcraft King Air 350ERs. Payloads include an electro-optical camera and low-band communications interceptors. Northrop has not revealed details about the proposal submitted to the army before the 25 June deadline....
  • Northrop Grumman declines to bid on latest KC-X RFP

    03/08/2010 8:39:45 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 20 replies · 178+ views
    Flight Global ^ | 3/08/2010 | Jon Ostrower
    Northrop Grumman, in partnership with EADS, will not offer a bid for the $35 billion KC-X tanker contract, citing a US Air Force request for proposal (RFP) it believes is weighted in favour of its competitor. "We reached this conclusion based on the structure of the source selection methodology defined in the RFP, which clearly favours Boeing's smaller refuelling tanker and does not provide adequate value recognition of the added capability of a larger tanker, precluding us from any competitive opportunity," says Wes Bush, CEO of Northrop Grumman. Additionally, Bush says that Northrop has decided not to protest the selection...
  • Northrop Grumman won't bid against Boeing for tanker contract

    03/08/2010 11:28:46 AM PST · by jazusamo · 75 replies · 526+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | March 8, 2010 | Dominic Gates
    Northrop Grumman has decided not to bid in the Air Force refueling tanker contract, leaving Boeing's Everett-built 767 as the sole airplane competing for the $40 billion program. A person familiar with the details said Northrop will announce its decision after the market closes today...
  • Terms on US tanker bid due Wednesday: officials

    02/24/2010 12:13:26 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 404+ views
    Space War ^ | 2/23/2010 | AFB
    The US Air Force will release on Wednesday the final terms for a 35-billion-dollar competition to replace the country's aging fleet of aerial refueling tankers, a US defense official said. The move marks the latest attempt by the Pentagon to build new tanker aircraft in a project marred by controversy and scandal dating back to 2001. The final request for proposal was expected to be issued on Wednesday after the close of US markets, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP on Tuesday. The lucrative competition pits Airbus parent EADS and its partner Northrop Grumman against arch-rival...
  • US Army Selects Northrop Grumman's 100kW Solid-State Laser For Field Tests

    02/23/2010 4:55:14 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 512+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 2/23/2010 | Space Daily
    The solid-state laser system from Northrop Grumman, that produced the most powerful beam ever from a continuous wave electric laser last year, is joining other pioneering speed-of-light weapons demonstrators for field tests at the Army's High Energy Laser System Test Facility (HELSTF), N.M. In cooperation with the U.S. Army's Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, which operates the test range at White Sands Missile Range in southeastern New Mexico, BAE Systems has contracted with Northrop Grumman to relocate the Joint High Power Solid State Laser (JHPSSL) Phase 3 system from the company's laser factory in Redondo Beach, Calif.,...
  • USAF restarts bid to replace ageing tankers

    02/23/2010 3:54:38 PM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies · 381+ views
    Financial Times ^ | February 23, 2010 | Jeremy Lemer and Sylvia Pfeifer
    The US Air Force will attempt to kick-start its long-delayed, multi-billion dollar competition to replace its ageing fleet of refuelling tankers this week with a new set of bidding rules.It promises the competition, mired in controversy for more than six years, will be “full and open” but doubts remain over how much of a contest it will be. One of the two bid teams, led by Northrop Grumman in partnership with EADS, the Franco-German parent of Airbus, has already warned it will not take part unless the air force makes significant changes to a draft set of rules released...
  • Man-tracking Radar To Fight Afghan IEDs

    02/17/2010 7:04:02 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 296+ views
    Aviattion Week and Space Technology ^ | 1/17/2010 | Graham Warwick
    Northrop Grumman radar that can track individuals on foot over a wide area is to be deployed operationally by U.S. forces in Afghanistan to aid the fight against improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The Vehicle and Dismount Exploitation Radar (Vader) is a podded active electronically scanned array designed to be carried by unmanned aircraft and smaller manned surveillance platforms (Aerospace DAILY, Feb. 9). The Army recently completed evaluation testing of the radar installed on the centerline of a manned Twin Otter, following initial flights in 2009 on Northrop’s Islander test bed. Vader is designed to help intercept teams planting IEDs by...
  • Unmanned US Navy jet gets more punch

    02/13/2010 4:20:25 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 861+ views
    The Daily Star ^ | 02/13/2010 | The Daily Star
    A small, experimental jet intended to demonstrate a UAV's ability to operate off aircraft carriers just might see operational action, according to two top US Navy officials. The aircraft is the X-47B, being developed by Northrop Grumman under the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System (N-UCAS) program. Roughly $2 billion has been added by the Pentagon over the next five years to give the program a major boost. Most of that money, said Rear Adm. Bill Burke, was at the behest of the new Quadrennial Defence Review (QDR). "What we think it ought to do is deliver some sort of capability,"...
  • USS George H.W. Bush Departs for Sea Trials

    01/29/2010 8:31:44 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 44 replies · 1,366+ views
    Navy.mil ^ | 1/27/2010 | Specialist 2nd Class Nathan A. Bailey
    USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) departed Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., for sea trials Jan. 27 after a seven-month maintenance period. During Sea Trials, the ship's electronics, communication, navigation and other combat systems that were built or modified in the shipyard will be tested. In addition, an inspection of the ship's catapults and jet blast deflectors will be conducted, as well as inspections of the ship's berthing spaces, demonstrations of search and rescue equipment firefighting capabilities, and an evaluation of food service facilities to determine the ship's overall mission readiness. Bush's sea trials comes after...
  • Push for dual tanker buy resurfaces

    01/28/2010 3:04:14 PM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies · 518+ views
    Politico ^ | January 28, 2010 | Jen Dimascio
    With the nation’s economy still sagging, grass-roots advocates for the new Air Force aerial refueling tankers are bucking the Pentagon with a renewed pitch: Buy from two bidders and create thousands more jobs. The team of Northrop Grumman and the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. has threatened to pull out of the bidding for the tanker contract worth $35 billion, arguing that new draft specifications favor the other bidder, Boeing. So, with only about a month remaining before the Pentagon will release its final specs in the latest round of the tanker competition, officials from the states that would...
  • U.S. Air Force Will Pay to Place SBSS Satellite in Storage

    01/04/2010 9:14:29 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies · 837+ views
    Space War ^ | 01/04/2010 | Turner Brinton
    The U.S. Air Force will contract to have its Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) system satellite placed into storage due to continued technical difficulties with the Minotaur 4 rocket that have delayed the spacecraft’s launch indefinitely, according to government documents. The Minotaur 4 rocket, built by Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., and based in part on excess missile motors, was originally planned to debut in October 2009 with the SBSS launch. But the Air Force issued a statement that month saying the rocket had problems and would remain grounded indefinitely, though no further explanation was given. In a solicitation...
  • EADS executive says tanker contract 'critical' to U.S. business

    12/11/2009 12:37:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies · 482+ views
    The Hill ^ | December 11, 2009 | Roxana Tiron
    The new CEO of EADS North America acknowledged Friday that a new Air Force refueling tanker contract is “critical” to the European aerospace conglomerate’s business in the United States. Sean O’Keefe, a former NASA administrator, made his comments after EADS’s tanker partner, Northrop Grumman, recently threatened to pull out of the tanker competition. EADS fully agrees with Northrop that without changes to the selection criteria, that team should not bid for the contract, worth at least $40 billion. With the prospect of not competing for the multibillion-dollar contract, EADS could be curtailing its chance to an aggressive and fast growth...
  • Rep. Murtha: Possible Northrop withdrawal 'blow' to tanker deal

    12/02/2009 1:56:47 PM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies · 1,015+ views
    The Hill ^ | December 2, 2009 | Roxana Tiron
    Northrop Grumman’s potential withdrawal from a competition to build Air Force refueling aircraft would be a “blow” to the program, according to the House’s top defense appropriator. “I can’t imagine they can do it without competition,” said Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), the chairman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee. Murtha said he is scheduled to meet with Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter on Thursday to discuss several issues, including Northrop’s threat to pull out of the tanker competition. If Northrop pulls out, Boeing would be the only company bidding for the contract. That would run afoul of congressional preferences for...
  • Northrop may drop out of tanker bidding

    12/01/2009 8:19:10 PM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies · 1,060+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | December 1, 2009 | Staff
    Northrop Grumman has warned it won't bid for the massive Air Force refueling tanker program unless the Pentagon's draft request for proposals is rewritten. Northrop CEO Wes Bush wrote to Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter on Tuesday that since the Pentagon has declined to alter the request for proposals (RFP), "I must regrettably inform you that, absent a responsive set of changes in the final RFP, Northrop Grumman has determined that it cannot submit a bid." ~snip~ Bloomberg News quoted an e-mail from Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman stating that "the Department regrets that Northrop Grumman and Airbus have taken themselves...
  • Northrop Grumman Threatens to Pull Out of Tanker Bidding

    10/28/2009 10:16:16 PM PDT · by UAConservative · 18 replies · 944+ views
    Mobile Press Register (al.com) ^ | October 28, 2009 | George Talbot
    Northrop Grumman Corp. on Wednesday suggested it could file a lawsuit or even withdraw from the U.S. Air Force tanker contest because of its concerns over the fairness of the competition. Top Northrop officials said they were working with the Pentagon to address their objections to the Air Force's draft Request for Proposals, released to potential bidders Sept. 25.
  • $35B Air Force tanker competition set to reopen

    09/24/2009 10:28:25 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies · 921+ views
    AP ^ | September 24, 2009 | Donna Borak
    WASHINGTON — The Air Force is poised to reopen a troubled $35 billion contract competition for mid-flight refueling tankers between Boeing Co. and Northrop Grumman Corp. "After eight years, we can finally get on with this program," Rep. John Murtha, D- Pa., said Thursday. Murtha chairs the House Appropriations subcommittee on defense. He was one of several lawmakers briefed by Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and other Pentagon officials on the latest request for bids — due out Friday — on the tanker competition. Washington Democrat Rep. Norm Dicks, a Boeing supporter, said the Air Force is seeking to reduce...
  • Robert Gates gears up for tanker tussle

    07/23/2009 11:57:39 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies · 416+ views
    Politico ^ | July 23, 2009 | Jen DiMascio
    House appropriators are handing Defense Secretary Robert Gates a dilemma: Buy aerial refueling tankers from two companies or hold a competition to select only one. Sounds like an easy choice for a competitive bid. But a House Appropriations Committee bill funding defense in fiscal year 2010 orders Gates — who says it’s unnecessary to have two tankers built by two companies — to run the terms of the competition by Congress, a task intended to boost oversight but one that adds the potential for more politicking. The competition is sure to provoke massive lobbying and posturing by supporters of Boeing...
  • BONNER/DAVIS: Up in the air on refueling

    06/01/2009 7:58:02 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies · 317+ views
    Washington Times ^ | June 2, 2009 | Reps. Jo Bonner and Artur Davis
    The Air Force is moving forward with yet another Request for Proposal (RFP) to replace the ever-aging KC-135 aerial refueling tanker. The Pentagon has been in the process of replacing the tanker since 2001. These aircraft are 50 years old on average and are showing the strain of their age. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has declared it a strategic priority to modernize these tankers for a new century's threats. Yet, eight years later, a new tanker has not been built, and the acquisition process is mired in Washington politics. Our potential adversaries are watching while we debate and delay....
  • Rep. John Murtha drops push to split Air Force tanker contract between Boeing and Northrop

    05/01/2009 10:24:33 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies · 415+ views
    AL.com ^ | May 1, 2009 | George Talbot
    A proposal by U.S. Rep. John Murtha to split the Air Force tanker contract between Boeing Co. and Northrop Grumman Corp. will not be included in this year's supplemental war spending bill, according to the congressman.fileRep. John Murtha Murtha, D-Pa., the chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees defense spending, said he was abandoning his push to add language to the bill that would have directed the Pentagon to buy planes from both manufacturers. Murtha "remains committed to working out a plan that gets tankers in the air faster," a spokesman said today. He said Murtha intends to...
  • Gates reopens tanker fight

    07/09/2008 12:15:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 479 replies · 390+ views
    The Hill ^ | July 9, 2008 | Roxana Tiron
    Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced Wednesday that Northrop Grumman and Boeing will have to submit revised proposals for the Air Force’s highly contested aerial refueling tanker program. The Pentagon chief's decision comes after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) upheld Boeing's protest of the Air Force's decision to award the contract to Northrop Grumman and EADS North America, the parent company of Boeing rival Airbus. “I have concluded that the contract cannot be awarded,” Gates said at a Pentagon news conference. Northrop Grumman won the heated competition on Feb. 29, but is currently under a stop-work order. The decision means...
  • Air Force tanker award was unfair: auditors

    06/25/2008 6:13:41 PM PDT · by djwright · 38 replies · 156+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6/25/2008 | Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force told Boeing Co (NYSE:BA - News) it had fully met a key requirement in competing for a $35 billion aerial refueling program but then changed its evaluation without telling the company, government auditors said on Wednesday. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an extended explanation of its decision last week to uphold Boeing's protest against the contract award to Northrop Grumman
  • McCain on defensive over Air Force tanker contract (EADS/Airbus v. Boeing brouhaha)

    06/23/2008 12:29:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 53 replies · 367+ views
    IHT ^ | 6/23/08 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON: John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, is fending off charges that he pushed the U.S. Air Force into a faulty $35 billion deal for midair refueling planes. Democrats weighed in after the Government Accountability Office, a nonpartisan arm of Congress, found last week that the air force had made "significant errors that could have affected the outcome of what was a close competition" between Boeing and a combination of Northrop Grumman and European Aerospace & Defense Systems, or EADS, which was awarded the contract. The Democratic National Committee accused McCain of "mimicking" EADS, the corporate parent of Airbus,...
  • Auditors sustain Boeing tanker protest (EADS and Boeing headed for a rerun of bid process?)

    06/18/2008 2:49:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 105+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/18/08 | Jim Wolf
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. auditors urged the Air Force Wednesday to rerun its marathon, $35 billion competition for refueling aircraft, upholding a protest by losing bidder Boeing Co (BA.N). The Government Accountability Office found the Air Force made "a number of significant errors that could have affected the outcome of what was a close competition between" Boeing and Northrop Grumman Corp (NOC.N). "We therefore sustained Boeing's protest," Michael Golden, head of the a GAO bid protest unit, said in a statement. Northrop was teamed with EADS, parent of rival passenger-jet maker Airbus. EADS (EAD.PA) had no immediate comment. --snip-- The...
  • Firing Offense (Air Force Tanker deal)

    06/09/2008 3:26:04 PM PDT · by pissant · 34 replies · 103+ views
    Townhall ^ | 6/9/08 | Frank Gaffney
    When Defense Secretary Robert Gates summarily fired the top civilian and military Air Force officials last week, the reason he gave was a grave failure of leadership with respect to that service’s nuclear missions. The low priority assigned by the Pentagon to its nuclear stewardship responsibilities is systemic and acute. Consequently, this act of accountability is both warranted and a needed wake-up call to all the armed forces. As it happens, there is another ground on which the dismissal of Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne could be justified. He was specifically brought in to clean up Air Force procurement, but...
  • MOBILE TANKER CONTRACT COULD NET $12M ANNUALLY

    06/06/2008 5:01:06 AM PDT · by aviation_man · 12 replies · 87+ views
    June 06, 2008 Friday | AVIATION_MAD_MAN
    Northrop Grumman official said that the construction of a new Air Force tanker in Mobile, Ala., could have an economic impact in south Mississippi of more than $12 million annually. Leroy Barnidge, vice president for state and local government relations in Melbourne, Fla., where Northrop's tanker program headquarters is located, spoke Wednesday to a Pascagoula civic club. Northrop-EADS plans an aircraft assembly center in Mobile estimated to cost $600 million and create more than 1,000 jobs. If the Northrop and EADS North America's joint tanker contract survives a protest by rival Boeing Co., Barnidge said a couple of hundred new...
  • Military contracts boost prospects for Northrop — and Southern California

    05/10/2008 12:18:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies · 115+ views
    LA Times ^ | May 10, 2008 | Peter Pae
    A Navy deal for an unmanned plane is the latest won by a unit of the defense contractor, the region's second-largest private employer.With a bulbous head and plank-like wings, the aircraft resembles a lumbering whale. And its seven-word, 49-letter name -- Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aerial System -- is a whopper. But the award last month of a Navy contract to build the hulking, robotic patrol plane, nicknamed BAMS, could not have come at a better time for Northrop Grumman Corp. and, in particular, its military aircraft business headquartered in El Segundo. Flying highThe contract, potentially worth nearly $4...
  • Why We Won - Sized Right for the Fight

    05/08/2008 1:01:21 AM PDT · by MHalblaub · 2 replies · 143+ views
    varios ^ | May, 2008 | vaious
    Not all quite on the tankern front. “US GAO begins hearing on Northrop/EADS tanker deal”http://www.reuters.com/article/marketsNews/idUSN0539240420080505 “A GAO spokesman confirmed the start of the hearing, but gave no details. The congressional agency, which reviews contract disputes, is due to rule on the case by June 19. The hearing includes lawyers from Boeing, Northrop, and the Air Force, with three GAO officials hearing the various arguments, according to three sources familiar with the case, who said it could last all week. “This hearing will go on for days and days,” said one of the sources, who asked not to be named. “Each...
  • US Navy picks Northrop for $1.16 bln patrol plane

    04/22/2008 5:51:00 PM PDT · by MHalblaub · 10 replies · 85+ views
    The Guardian ^ | April 22, 2008 | Andrea Shalal-Esa
    WASHINGTON, April 22 (Reuters) Los Angeles-based Northrop Grumman Corp won a $1.16 billion contract to modify its high-altitude unmanned Global Hawk surveillance plane into a new maritime patrol aircraft, the Navy said on Tuesday. Northrop beat out Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co to win the deal, which runs through September 2014 and covers three unmanned test planes and an option for three low-rate initial production planes. The Navy plans to buy 68 Global Hawks under the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) program over the coming years, in a deal Navy officials said would be worth at least $3.74 billion,...
  • McCain advisers lobbied for Airbus

    03/11/2008 9:37:52 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 99 replies · 1,578+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/11/08 | Jim Kuhnhenn and Matthew Daly - ap
    WASHINGTON - Top current advisers to Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign last year lobbied for a European plane maker that beat Boeing to a $35 billion Air Force tanker contract, taking sides in a bidding fight that McCain has tried to referee for more than five years. Two of the advisers gave up their lobbying work when they joined McCain's campaign. A third, former Texas Rep. Tom Loeffler, lobbied for the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. while serving as McCain's national finance chairman. EADS is the parent company of Airbus, which teamed up with U.S.-based Northrop Grumman Corp. to...
  • Boeing lost air tanker deal decisively-analyst

    03/03/2008 6:41:55 PM PST · by wolf78 · 165 replies · 688+ views
    REUTERS ^ | Mon Mar 3, 2008 | Andrea Shalal-Esa
    WASHINGTON, March 3 (Reuters) - Details emerged on Monday about how dramatically Northrop Grumman Corp (NOC.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and its European partner beat Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research) to win a $35 billion tanker aircraft competition, as furious Boeing supporters called the contract "a multibillion dollar gift to Europe." "This was not a close outcome in any sense of the term," defense analyst Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute told Reuters, describing how Boeing failed to beat Northrop in any of the key criteria for the aerial refueling contract. "Northrop won decisively and completely," said Thompson, who has...
  • Youths Ambush, Fire on French Police

    03/03/2008 11:50:36 AM PST · by jdm · 29 replies · 99+ views
    Little Green Footballs ^ | March 03, 2008 | by Charles Johnson
    “Youths” in the suburbs of Paris are escalating their intifada against French society, ambushing and firing on police. PARIS: Dozens of hooded attackers fired buckshot and nails at police this weekend, wounding four officers, France’s interior minister said. Michele Alliot-Marie called the Sunday afternoon attack an “ambush,” saying that about 30 people, some of them armed, were waiting for the officers in the southern Paris suburb of Grigny. The officers were responding to a call about vandalism at a local bakery. Three officers were hit in face with buckshot; another was hit in the leg with buckshot and nails and...
  • Boeing loses $40B air refueling tanker bid to Northrop, EADS

    03/01/2008 8:45:57 AM PST · by Sons of Union Vets · 35 replies · 356+ views
    Northrop Grumman Corp. and the maker of Airbus planes won a multibillion-dollar Air Force contract to build 179 tankers used to refuel military aircraft mid-flight, a congressional staffer familiar with the award said Friday. The staffer, who learned of the award from a Northrop Grumman employee, spoke on condition of anonymity. The selection of Los Angeles-based Northrop Grumman and European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. comes as a surprise to Wall Street and major blow to Boeing Co.
  • Air Force goes European with new refueling planes

    03/01/2008 7:42:30 AM PST · by jdm · 210 replies · 761+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 01, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    The Air Force snubbed longtime partner Boeing and awarded a lucrative contract to Northrop and EADS, the European maker of the Airbus, to build a fleet of refueling aircraft. The decision stunned Boeing and elected officials in the Northwest, who immediately objected to the decision to reject the all-American option. However, officials claim that Boeing’s submission simply didn’t measure up — literally: Air Force officials offered few details about why they choose the Northrop-EADS team over Boeing since they have yet to debrief the two companies. But Air Force Gen. Arthur Lichte said the larger size was key. “More passengers,...
  • Northrop Grumman unveils fuselage for next U.S. fighter

    10/27/2007 1:50:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 88 replies · 348+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Saturday, October 27, 2007. | ALLISON GATLIN
    PALMDALE - Six years after the contract was first awarded, Northrop Grumman Corp. employees Friday marked another milestone along the path to fielding the nation's next fighter, the F-35 Lightning II. The center fuselage for the first Air Force near-production version of the fighter was unveiled Friday at the company's Palmdale Manufacturing Center. The fuselage incorporates design changes made during development to decrease weight in the final fighter. "This is starting a new phase for what will be a very unique fighter capability," said Air Force Maj. Gen. C.R. Davis, program executive officer for the F-35. The latest - and...
  • Northrop picked to build pilotless [comabt] plane [for USN]

    08/06/2007 1:23:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 39 replies · 1,649+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Monday, August 6, 2007
    PALMDALE - The Navy has awarded a $635.8 million contract to Northrop Grumman Corp. to build a revolutionary pilotless combat plane at the company's facility at Air Force Plant 42. The plane, called the X-47B, will be designed to fly from aircraft carriers and carry out bombing missions and perform extended surveillance. It will use stealth technology designed to make it hard to spot on radar. The six-year contract is part of a Navy program, known as the Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration, or UCAS-D, to establish the capability of such a robot plane. Northrop Grumman tested the smaller...
  • Communications upgrade set for B-2

    06/13/2007 6:33:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies · 365+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Wednesday, June 13, 2007.
    PALMDALE - Northrop Grumman employees have begun work on a $171 million contract to develop and demonstrate a new extremely high frequency satellite communications system that eventually would enable B-2 stealth bombers to send and receive battlefield information up to 100 times faster than now. Expected to last more than five years and to be done in three phases, the first system design and development phase consists primarily of engineering work that will be based in Palmdale, with flight testing likely to be at Edwards Air Force Base\. "This SDD contract provides significant momentum for the work Northrop Grumman and...
  • Homeland Security to test anti-missile system

    04/11/2007 4:06:42 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies · 480+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Monday, April 9, 2007. | ALLISON GATLIN
    PALMDALE - The Department of Homeland Security plans to evaluate unmanned, high-altitude vehicles as a platform for a counter-missile defense system for commercial airliners in answer to the threat of shoulder-fired missiles being used to attack aircraft as they take off or land. While seeking bids for development of such a system, the department plans to conduct trials using the Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Global Hawk and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems' Predator B aircraft. Both are built and tested in the Antelope Valley; Global Hawk at Northrop's facility at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale and Predator B at General Atomics'...
  • Northrop to design supersonic oblique flying wing

    03/26/2006 3:16:18 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies · 3,150+ views
    http://www.avpress.com/n/26/0326_s7.hts ^ | March 26, 2006 | ALLISON GATLIN
    Northrop Grumman Corp. will design a supersonic experimental aircraft that employs a wing that varies position for most efficient flight performance under a $10.3 million contract from the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The oblique flying wing program aims to design and conduct the first-ever flight tests of a tailless, supersonic, variable sweep oblique flying wing... In an oblique wing aircraft, one wing of the aircraft is swept forward and the other backward in an asymetrical configuration, which varies with flight speed. The wing, also known as a "scissors wing," pivots over a center point, shifting angle as the...
  • Boeing, Northrop craft plans changed

    03/22/2006 8:14:16 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 404+ views
    http://www.avpress.com/n/22/0322_s6.hts ^ | March 22, 2006 | ALLISON GATLIN
    The Pentagon's plans for developing and eventually fielding unmanned aircraft capable of delivering munitions in high-risk battle scenarios once again are undergoing a structural change. What once was known as the Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems, or J-UCAS, program is shifting from a joint Air Force and Navy program to one led solely by the Navy. The program is intended to develop and test the technologies necessary to field fleets of unmanned aircraft capable of operating on their own to attack and shut down enemy air defenses. Created in 2003, the original program merged the separate efforts of the Air...
  • Northrop, Grumman unveil next generation of space vehicles

    10/12/2005 5:38:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 890+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 10/12/05 | Otto Kreisher - CNS
    WASHINGTON – Northrop Grumman and Boeing unveiled a back-to-the-future concept for the next generation of space exploration vehicles Wednesday, displaying an Apollo-like capsule and support module as their offering in the competition for a system to take humans back to the moon and later to Mars. The two aerospace giants are teamed in a bid for NASA's Crew Exploration Vehicle program, potentially a $100 billion project that is intended to replace the troubled Space Shuttle for servicing the International Space Station by 2012 and to carry astronauts to the moon by 2018. The Northrop-Boeing team and Lockheed Martin each received...
  • Advance Construction Begins for CVN 21 (First CVNX Series)

    08/12/2005 3:53:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 1,068+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Aug 12, 2005 | Journalist 1st Class Donald P. Rule
    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- The beveling of a 15-ton metal plate kicked off advance construction of the newest class of aircraft carrier, the CVN 21 project, Aug. 11 at Northrop Grumman Newport News' shipyards in Virginia. The new carrier is designed to modernize the “flat tops” for the 21st century. Advance construction will take an estimated two years before construction can begin on the actual ship itself. This gives technicians and engineers the time needed to test and design the ship, and all the new technologies that will be put into the vessel. “We’re going to kind of mark...
  • Entities: Build NASA spacecraft in California

    07/13/2005 11:06:20 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies · 719+ views
    Valley Press ^ | on Wednesday, July 13, 2005. | ALLISON GATLIN
    Even as NASA prepares to return to space with the space shuttle, efforts are under way to ensure the agency's next manned spacecraft will share the same California birthplace. Each of the five space shuttle orbiters and one test vehicle were built at the Rockwell International - now The Boeing Co. - facility at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale. Now, NASA has awarded contracts to two teams in a competition to develop and build a replacement spacecraft, the crew exploration vehicle. Both teams, one headed by Lockheed Martin and the other a joint project of Northrop Grumman Corp. and...
  • Tracking the MTHEL Laser

    05/16/2005 8:22:47 PM PDT · by Reaganesque · 46 replies · 1,276+ views
    Technology Review ^ | May 9, 2005 | Sam Jaffe
    Tracking the MTHEL Laser By Sam Jaffe May 9, 2005 After more than ten years and several billion dollars of development, one of the most promising experimental weapons in the history of the Pentagon seemed to have fired its last shot. "The Army has no funding for MTHEL," says Lt.Col. Jeff Souder, the project manager of directed energy applications program at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. The Mobile Tactical High Energy Laser (MTHEL) was a program to develop a defensive laser weapon powered by the combustion of highly volatile chemicals that shoots down artillery projectiles. They system works by...
  • USS San Antonio (LPD 17) has undergone initial Sea Trials

    05/15/2005 1:17:08 PM PDT · by Jeff Head · 91 replies · 4,458+ views
    US Navy fact Sheet, Northrup Grumman, Navy Technology | 15 May 2005 | Jeff Head
    USS San Antonio (LPD 17) on Sea Trials in the Gulf of Mexico The first ship of class, the USS San Antonio (LPD 17) set sale into the Gulf of Mexico on April 29, 2005, to undergo sea trials and returned on May 3, 2005. This is the first picture available of her sailing and comes from the Northup Grumman site. She represents our latest generation of medium sized (as compared to the much larger Wasp LHD class) Amphibious Assault ships for the 21st century. Her lift capabilities, her self defense capabilities, and her electronic, sensors, maintenance and battle...
  • Pentagon Reviewing More Druyun-Related Contracts

    04/11/2005 2:22:49 PM PDT · by anymouse · 1 replies · 303+ views
    Reuters ^ | April 11, 2005 | Andrea Shalal-Esa
    The Pentagon's internal watchdog has begun investigating two additional contracts handled by convicted former Air Force official Darleen Druyun and could add three more deals to its growing list of possibly tainted procurements, the Pentagon said on Monday. Druyun is serving a nine-month prison term for violating federal conflict-of-interest laws by negotiating a $250,000-a-year job with Boeing Co. while still overseeing its business with the Air Force. She also admitted steering contracts to Boeing as far back as 2000. "In the course of our review, in an effort to be as thorough as possible, we decided to take a look...
  • Defense firms raise concerns for trade group

    04/05/2005 7:00:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 325+ views
    Valley Press ^ | on Tuesday, April 5, 2005 | ALLISON GATLIN
    WASHINGTON - Business is soaring for the defense companies that keep the Valley's economy aloft. But serious challenges on the horizon - among them potential budget cuts and California's anti-business climate - could send The Boeing Co., Northrop Grumman Corp. and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. into a tailspin, the firms report. Members of the Antelope Valley Board of Trade, or AVBOT, visited the Washington offices of the big three contractors Monday as part of the regional economic organization's annual lobbying visit to the nation's capital. AVBOT reps received updates on the aerospace companies' ongoing work at Palmdale's Air Force Plant...
  • Lockheed, Northrop Face Big Cuts-Document

    01/04/2005 1:15:36 PM PST · by Drago · 14 replies · 705+ views
    Reuters ^ | 01-03-2005 | Jim Wolf
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and Northrop Grumman Corp. (NOC.N: Quote, Profile, Research) would bear the brunt of proposed cuts in U.S. weapons purchases totaling $30 billion over the next six years, according to the summary from a Pentagon budget document made available to Reuters Monday. Nearly $18 billion would be slashed from programs run by Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin, the Pentagon's biggest supplier, according to a trade publication, InsideDefense.com, the first to report details of the plan. The cuts were spelled out in a so-called Program Budget Decision signed by Deputy Defense Secretary Paul...
  • Private U.S. Operatives on Risky Missions in Colombia

    02/14/2004 11:25:00 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies · 604+ views
    NYT ^ | February 12, 2004 | JUAN FORERO
    After their tiny plane crashed deep in the jungles of southern Colombia, three American civilians on a mission to search for cocaine labs, drug planes and, occasionally, guerrilla units were taken hostage by Marxist rebels. A year later, the men's families say the captives have been all but forgotten. Some say that is the way American officials and the men's employers want it to be. The three Americans — Marc Gonsalves, Keith Stansell and Thomas Howes — worked cloaked in secrecy for two subsidiaries of Northrop Grumman, the huge military contractor, in an arrangement used increasingly by the United States...