Combined contracts net Northrop $325.9 million

Northrop Grumman has been awarded separate contracts worth a combined $325.9 million to build four Global Hawk air vehicles and to perform dry-dock work on a US Navy submarine.

Northrop Grumman today announced that it has been awarded contracts worth a combined $325.9 million to build four Global Hawk air vehicles for the US Air force and to perform dry-dock work on the nuclear-powered submarine USS Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Northrop’s Integrated Systems sector has been awarded a $302.9 million contract modification by the US Air Force’s Aeronautical Systems Centre to deliver four Global Hawk air vehicles.

The contract requires Northrop to provide three integrated sensor suites, two electro-optical infrared sensors and one launch and recovery element for the Air Force. Northrop will also provide two air vehicles, two integrated sensor suites, two launch and recovery elements and one mission control element for a planned 2005 maritime demonstration by the US Navy.

Work under this contract will be performed by the company’s Unmanned Systems unit in San Diego and be completed in 2005.

In a separate contract, Northrop’s Newport News sector has been awarded a contract valued at approximately $23 million to perform dry-dock maintenance on the nuclear-powered submarine USS Minneapolis-St. Paul.

The contract will include replacement of the tail shaft, removal and overhaul of the main and auxiliary sea valves, inspection and repair of all external and internal tanks, miscellaneous repairs to torpedo systems and inspection and repairs to the sail, pressure and non-pressure hulls.

The submarine is scheduled to arrive at Newport News, Va in mid-February. The contract is scheduled for completion by mid-June.