Defense contractor wins major award from Navy

October 22, 2016 by  

The United States Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, Maryland recently awarded the business unit of Northrop Grumman Corp. a contract valued at $255.3 million. This is for the low-rate initial production of its MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft.

Although a majority of the work will be done in San Diego, the rest of the work will take place in Baltimore and Palmdale, so that those who live in nearby Lancaster can benefit from the additional jobs that will result from the awarding of the contract.

Since further locations around the country will be involved in the project, Northrop Grumman might benefit from the assistance of local printing companies to advertise these new positions by means of flyers and other types of printed materials.

Three unmanned planes, a main operation control station, a forward operation control station, and training courseware will be purchased by the Navy. The award signifies the beginning of the production and deployment phase of the acquisition process of the Navy.

The MQ-4C Triton is a new unmanned aircraft system produced by Northrop Grumman that is used at high altitudes over long periods of time for conducting a range of missions, such as communication relay, battle damage assessment, maritime surveillance, and port surveillance. The first such system was unveiled in June 2012, and the completion date for the current project is August 2020.