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  • B-21 Raider Officially Heading To Edwards Air Force Base For Testing

    03/11/2018 10:55:15 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    the drive ^ | March 5, 2018 | Tyler Rogoway
    In his address made on March 3rd, 2018 at the Antelope Valley Board of Trade and Business Outlook Conference, which was covered closely by the Antelope Valley Press, General Schaefer made the B-21's future basing crystal clear once and for all: "For the first time ever, I would like to publicly announce that the B-21 will be tested at Edwards Air Force Base... Edwards has been the home of bomber test and now we also can publicly release that the B-21 is coming to Edwards and we will be testing it here in the near future." Shaefer went on to...
  • Northrop plant in California gears up to build B-21 bombers

    11/13/2017 3:54:44 PM PST · by markomalley · 4 replies
    A once-empty parking lot at Northrop Grumman Corp.’s top secret aircraft plant in Palmdale, Calif., is now jammed with cars that pour in during the predawn hours. More than a thousand new employees are working for the time being in rows of temporary trailers, a dozen tan tents and a huge assembly hangar at the desert site near the edge of urban Los Angeles County. It is here that Northrop is building the Air Force’s new B-21 bomber, a stealthy bat-winged jet that is being designed to slip behind any adversary’s air defense system and deliver devastating airstrikes for decades...
  • Northrop Grumman to buy aerospace manufacturer Orbital ATK

    09/18/2017 6:56:50 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Falls Church-based Northrop said it would pay $7.8 billion in cash, while assuming $1.4 billion in debt. ... Northrop is one of the Pentagon’s leading suppliers, and is developing its B-21 stealth bomber. Orbital ATK, an aerospace manufacturer based in Dulles, holds a contract with NASA to resupply the International Space Station. It also builds the motors for several missile systems, as well as commercial and national security satellites. The acquisition would mark a bold move for Northrop that would establish the new venture as a fourth business sector. It comes as the company was seeking to bolster its space...
  • This '80s Promo Video Will Make You Want A F-20 Tigershark So Freaking Bad

    03/16/2017 9:26:44 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Drive ^ | MARCH 16, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Northrop's F-20 Tigershark, an evolution of the company's highly successful F-5E Tiger II—which itself was an evolution of the F-5A/B Freedom Fighter and The T-38 Talon—never made it into production, but many thought it should have. The aircraft provided high performance and multi-role capability on the cheap, both in terms of procurement and operating costs. But the Reagan administration's loosening of export rules on military equipment, including fighters, allowed the already deep into production, larger and more advanced F-16 to edge out the F-20 on the world-wide fighter jet marketplace. There were still a few opportunities for Northrop to get...
  • Tomcat’s First Kill Iran, not the United States, was first to fly the F-14 in air combat

    11/15/2016 7:40:15 PM PST · by onona · 6 replies
    Medium - War is Boring ^ | two days ago | TOM COOPER
    It’s generally accepted that it was two U.S. Navy F-14 crews who scored the first aerial victories in the powerful, twin-engine fighter — when on Aug. 19, 1981, a pair of Tomcats from squadron VF-41 shot down two Libyan Sukhoi Su-22s that had opened fire at them over the Gulf of Sidra. That’s the conception. As is often the case in the history of aerial warfare, the truth is significantly different. An Iranian F-14 crew actually scored the Tomcat’s first kill.
  • Air Force Unveils Name of Future Stealth Bomber as B-21 'Raider'

    09/19/2016 8:11:21 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 29 replies ^ | 09/19/2016 | Oriana Pawlyk
    <p>Air Force Unveils Name of Future Stealth Bomber as B-21 'Raider'.</p> <p>AFA 2016 B-21 Naming Ceremony Raider was selected as the name of the Long Range Strike-Bomber, or LRS-B, by leaders after the service launched a survey of service members.</p>
  • Northrop T-X prototype revealed on Mojave runway (new trainer)

    08/19/2016 8:03:30 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 47 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 20 AUGUST, 2016 | STEPHEN TRIMBLE
    Northrop Grumman’s entry for the T-X competition was publicly revealed on 19 August in Mojave, California. Dubbed the Model 400, the Northrop bid is powered by a single GE Aviation F404-102D engine with 17,200lb-thrust, according to the US Federal Aviation Adminitration’s aircraft registration database. Scaled Composites, the Northrop subsidiary devoted to rapid prototyping and flight testing, registered the aircraft on 16 June 2015, but the design was kept under wraps for several more months. Images of the aircraft on Twitter show an aircraft with a prominent, single vertical fin and a nose section similar to the T-38. Northrop revealed a...
  • Ex-Clinton staffer loses Top Secret clearance

    09/30/2003 10:50:42 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 22 replies · 356+ views ^ | Wednesday, October 1, 2003 | By Paul Sperry
    WASHINGTON – Though the Homeland Security Department has not terminated a high-ranking department official accused of resume fraud, sources say she's been denied the security clearance she needs to perform her job. Laura Callahan, the department's deputy chief information officer, was placed on paid leave in June while officials investigate her academic credentials. The advanced degrees she lists on her resume are from a diploma mill. Callahan's assistant, Jim Shepard, says she is still out on leave and has not been fired. However, sources say she was denied Top Secret clearance and is appealing the decision. Callahan's lawyer did not...
  • Boeing, Lockheed to continue protest against U.S. bomber deal

    12/19/2015 11:27:56 AM PST · by EveningStar · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 19, 2015 | Andrea Shalal
    Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp said they will continue their protest against the Air Force's selection of Northrop Grumman Corp to build a new long-range strike bomber, calling that process "irreparably flawed".
  • Keeping the Tiger II Flying

    10/23/2014 10:28:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Defense Update ^ | Oct 23, 2014
    Israel's Elbit Systems announced yesterday that it was awarded contracts from an Asian country in a total amount of approximately $85 million. A pilot of the Royal Thai Air Force preparing for a mission in an upgraded F-5T, wearing a DASH helmet. Note the Python IV missile on the wingtip. Israel’s Elbit Systems announced yesterday that it was awarded contracts from an Asian country in a total amount of approximately $85 million; the majority of the amount will be for an avionic upgrade of F-5 aircraft, to be performed over a three year period. The balance is for the supply...
  • 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,"...