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Northrop Grumman Awarded Air Force Contract for GHOST Sensor Development; Ben Davies Quoted

Ben Davies

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force to design a signals intelligence sensor for high-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms. The company will deliver a prototype sensor with airborne and ground components for the Air Force’s Global High-altitude Open-system Sensor Technology (GHOST) program.

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Air Force Decommissions B-1B Legacy Bombers Amid Fleet Modernization

B-1B Lancer

A major command of the U.S. Air Force has wrapped up the retirement of 17 B-1B Lancer planes as the service branch moves toward adopting a Northrop Grumman-built bomber aircraft. Air Force Global Strike Command said Friday it flew the last Lancer for decommissioning to an aircraft boneyard at Davis-Monthan AF Base in Arizona and the move will allow its maintenance crew to focus more on the health of the remaining 45 units in the active B-1B inventory.

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DARPA Hands Over ACT-IV Sensor System to Air Force Research Lab; Program Manager Tom Rondeau Quoted

ACT-IV Program

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has transitioned an active electronically scanned array (AESA) sensor system to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, to support future defense research and development initiatives. The AESA system was developed under DARPA’s Arrays at Commercial Timescales – Integration and Validation program.

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Navy Conducts Second Stage Rocket Motor Test for Hypersonic Missile Development

Second Stage SRM Testing

The U.S. Navy tested the second stage solid rocket motor nearly three months after a successful live-fire test of the first stage SRM conducted as part of the development of a hypersonic missile that will be used by the service branch and the Army. The recent test was performed by the Strategic Systems Programs in Promontory, Utah, on Aug. 25th.

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NASA, Northrop Complete Webb Telescope’s Final Testing Regimen

James Webb

NASA and Northrop Grumman engineers have completed the final testing phase for the James Webb Space Telescope and are preparing to ship the new observatory to a launch site in Kourou, French Guiana. The space agency said Thursday that cleanroom technicians are working to ensure JWST hardware will arrive safely at the launch pad location on the northeastern coast of South America.

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Army Inches Closer to Deploying Laser Prototypes for Strykers in FY 2022; Col. Scott McLeod Quoted

Stryker Combat Vehicle

The U.S. Army is close to deploying a platoon of four Stryker combat vehicles equipped with 50 kilowatt-class laser weapon prototypes in fiscal year 2022 after completing an assessment of the new directed-energy capability. Marcia Holmes, the service’s deputy director of hypersonics, directed energy, space and rapid acquisition. 

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Northrop Grumman to Provide U.S. Air Force with Countermeasure Flares; Charlie Precourt Quoted

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman announced on Friday that the company will provide the U.S. Air Force with its high-performance MJU-73/B and MJU-62A/B infrared countermeasure flares under a potential five-year, $61.8 million indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract. The company’s next-generation countermeasures will help protect large aircraft and helicopters from advanced surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles.

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Navy Test-Fires Northrop-Made Anti-Radiation Extended-Range Missile; Captain A.C. Dutko Quoted


The U.S. Navy flew a Super Hornet jet to test-fire a Northrop Grumman-made anti-radiation missile designed to strike targets at extended ranges. The AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile Extended Range (AARGM-ER) underwent a long-range live-fire test at the Point Mugu Sea Range on July 19, Northrop said Monday.

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