Northrop Grumman receive $84 million contract modification

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Integrated Systems Sector (ISS) has received an $84 million modification to an existing contract by the US Air Force.

The modification to the contract requires Northrop Grumman to perform work that supports transition of the Global Hawk program to the engineering manufacturing and development (EMD) phase.

Major tasks under the revised contract include enhancements to the air vehicle computer systems for open system architecture, improvements to the mission planning process and validation of these changes through flight-testing.

The Global Hawk program successfully completed its Milestone II phase in a Defence Acquisition Board review on February 16, 2001 and completion of the Milestone II is said to allow Global Hawk to enter the EMD phase of the program.

Under development for the Air Force’s Aeronautical Systems Centre at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, Global Hawk is said to be a high-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned aerial reconnaissance system designed to provide military field commanders with high-resolution, near-real-time imagery of large geographic areas.