Northrop Grumman was recently awarded a $41.5 million contract from the US Air Force for engineering and manufacturing development efforts for the Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle system.
The contract is said to cover the integration of worldwide operations capabilities, mission planning enhancements, logistics support and flight test activity.
Work is expected to be completed by December 2003 and will be performed at Edwards Air Force Base and at company facilities in Palmdale and San Diego.
The Global Hawk system, produced for the US Air Force by Northrop Grumman’s Integrated Systems sector, will reportedly provide battlefield commanders near real-time, high-resolution, reconnaissance imagery.
Flying at extremely high altitudes, Global Hawk can survey large geographic areas with pinpoint accuracy to give military decision-makers the most current information about enemy resources and personnel.