39 Facts About Northrop Grumman


Northrop Grumman Corporation is an American multinational aerospace and defense technology company.

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Northrop Grumman currently leads the development of the B-21 Raider, a long-range, stealth strategic bomber that can drop conventional and nuclear weapons; it will replace Northrop's own B-2 Spirit, the world's only known stealth bomber.

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Northrop Grumman is made up of four main business sectors: Aeronautics Systems, Defense Systems, Mission Systems and Space Systems.

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The U S Navy uses Northrop Grumman-built aerial vehicles such as the BQM-74 Chukar, RQ-4 Global Hawk-based MQ-4C Triton, MQ-8 Fire Scout, Grumman C-2 Greyhound, Grumman E-2 Hawkeye, and the EA-6B Prowler.

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Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor for the development and integration of the Air Force's $2-billion Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program.

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Vinnell, a Northrop Grumman subsidiary, provides training and communications for the military.

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Northrop Grumman had purchased Russian RD-181 engines to power the Antares 230+ series, and the rocket's main body was manufactured by Ukraine's Yuzhmash State Enterprise.

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Northrop Grumman will provide the A330's upper stage, avionics, software and launch site operations.

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In 2008, Northrop Grumman began working with DHS Systems LLC, manufacturer of the Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelter in New York, as part of the U S Army's Standard Integrated Command Post System program.

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In 2018, Northrop Grumman completed the purchase of Orbital ATK, which has since been renamed to Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems.

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Today, Northrop Grumman is one of the largest defense contractors in the world.

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Northrop Grumman was the prime contractor on the radical YF-23 which was one of the two airplanes down selected for the Advanced Tactical Fighter but would eventually lose out to the F-22 Raptor.

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Northrop Grumman partnered with EADS from the mid-2000s to offer the KC-30 Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft in the U S Air Force's KC-X tanker competition.

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In February 2008 the U S Air Force chose KC-30, but in September 2008 the Defense Department stopped the tanker program and in March 2010, Northrop Grumman announced it was withdrawing from the competition, deeming the revised requirements to be weighted in favor of the Boeing KC-46.

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In 2006, Northrop Grumman had intended to bid for the U S Air Force's Next-Generation Bomber.

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Northrop Grumman was one of two teams competing for the Long Range Strike Bomber, and in October 2015 won the contract for the Long Range Strike Bomber.

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In 2007, Northrop Grumman created 'National Workforce Centers' as an alternative to offshoring.

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In July 2008, three of four Northrop Grumman employees were freed during Operation Jaque after five years of captivity following their aircraft crash in the Colombian jungle.

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In January 2008, Northrop Grumman combined its Newport News and Ship Systems sectors into a new business unit named Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding.

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From 2013, Northrop Grumman participates in the DARPA Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node program, and received $2.

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In July 2013, Northrop Grumman won a training-simulation contract potentially worth $490 million to support the U S Air Force's next-generation aerial warfare virtual-training network.

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In September 2017, Northrop Grumman announced its intention to acquire missile and rocket manufacturer Orbital ATK Inc for $9.

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In September 2020, Northrop Grumman won a $298 million sole-source contract for the Evolved Strategic Satcom program, an anti-jam communications satellite program intended to replace the Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite program where Northrop Grumman was a subcontractor to Lockheed Martin.

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In December 2020, Northrop Grumman sold its federal IT and mission support business to Veritas Capital for $3.

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Northrop Grumman had purchased Russian RD-181 engines to power the Antares 230+ series, and the rocket's main body was manufactured by Ukraine's Yuzhmash State Enterprise.

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Northrop Grumman's is the former president of the company's electric services sector.

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Northrop Grumman's successor is Kathy J Warden, who has served in numerous roles at the company, most recently president and COO.

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Since 2011, Northrop Grumman's headquarters are in West Falls Church, Virginia, unincorporated Fairfax County, Virginia.

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Northrop Grumman considered sites in Washington, D C and in suburbs in Maryland and Virginia.

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In December 2007, Northrop Grumman Corporation was awarded the Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership, the only presidential award recognizing companies for outstanding achievement in employee and community relations.

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In 2000, Northrop Grumman was designated a Primary Responsible Party under federal Superfund laws at 13 hazardous waste sites and under state Superfund laws at eight sites.

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Northrop Grumman dumped cadmium, arsenic, chromium-tainted sludge, solvents, paints and PCBs at the site between 1949 and 1962.

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In 2008, Northrop Grumman launched its Environmental Sustainability program and an EHS Leadership Council, to advance its commitment to environmental performance both internally and externally.

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In 2019, Northrop Grumman was named the US's largest corporate contributor to water pollution by the Political Economy Research Institute of the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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In 1995, Robert Ferro, an employee for TRW Inc, a company Northrop Grumman acquired in 2002, discovered that satellite components manufactured for the U S Air Force were faulty and likely to fail in operation.

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In 2010 Northrop Grumman apologized for the outage, and agreed to fund an investigation.

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In 2012, controversy began over Northrop Grumman's Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System, when it missed its first deadline.

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Northrop Grumman agreed to pay a $15 million fine for 110 violations, occurring between September 1998 and November 1998, of the Arms Export Control Act and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations .

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Additionally, documents filed by the State Department state that between 1994 and 2003, Northrop Grumman failed to notify the U S State Department about the computer guidance systems being transferred to Angola, Indonesia, Israel, China, Ukraine and Yemen.

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