Northrop Grumman

US intelligence satellite placed into orbit

Northrop Grumman has successfully placed a National Reconnaissance Office payload into orbit

Manufacture of first two B-21 Raiders completed

Significant progress has been made with the new Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider long-range strategic stealth bomber, following the revelation that the first two prototypes have now been completed at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California

New USSF space access capability launched

Northrop Grumman has launched the Tactically Responsive Launch-2 payload into orbit for the US Space Force using the company’s Pegasus XL rocket

USMC completes first Link 16-configured AH-1Z flight

The USMC has successfully completed the first flight of a Bell AH-1Z Viper configured with Link 16 hardware and software, demonstrating a two-way connection capability between the attack helicopter and a ground station

US Navy to receive two more E-2Ds with upgraded software

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract to procure two additional E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Delta System/Software Configuration Build IV (DSSC-4) developmental test aircraft

Northrop Grumman wins contract for additional Coyotes

The US Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman a production contract for 18 additional GQM-163A Coyote supersonic sea-skimming target vehicles in a $55.4m deal, bringing the total orders to date up to 218 platforms

Fire Scout crashes into the USS Charleston

A US Navy-operated Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout has crashed into the side of the Littoral Combat Ship USS Charleston (LCS-18), while the vessel was transiting through the Western Pacific to Guam on April 26

Japan’s first Global Hawk completes maiden flight

Northrop Grumman has successfully completed this maiden flight of the first RQ-4B Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned air vehicle for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force

Spirits arrive in Portugal for historic bomber deployment

Three Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit strategic stealth bombers from the USAF’s 509th Bomb Wing have deployed to Lajes Field on Terceira Island in the Azores, Portugal, as part of a Bomber Task Force mission in Europe

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B-1B retirement begins as USAF prepares for the B-21

The USAF has launched the retirement process for its famed Rockwell B-1B Lancer supersonic strategic bomber fleet, as the air arm prepares to induct the Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider into service later this decade