Northrop Grumman Takes Delivery of the First MQ-8B Fire Scout UAV Airframe
Northrop Grumman Takes Delivery of the First MQ-8B Fire Scout
San Diego, California -- (NGIS)
January 12, 2006 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) received the first
MQ-8B Fire Scout
unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) airframe from its
Schweizer Aircraft Corp., on Jan. 3 at Northrop Grumman's new Unmanned Systems
Center in Moss Point, Miss., signaling the start of aircraft production.
Northrop Grumman Photo
"This is a significant delivery at our new facility because it signals not only
the beginning of UAV production, but it also underscores Northrop Grumman's
commitment to the economy of the Gulf Coast region," said Chris Hernandez,
sector vice president for unmanned systems at Northrop Grumman's Integrated
This airframe is the first of 12 Fire Scout vertical take-off and landing UAVs
that will be assembled at the Moss Point facility, which is co-located with the
Trent Lott International Airport. The U.S. Navy will receive four Fire Scout
UAVs and eight will be delivered to the U.S. Army.
"The Unmanned Systems Center is the culmination of years of hard work between
Jackson County, the state of Mississippi and Northrop Grumman," said George
Freeland, executive director of Jackson County's Economic Development Foundation.
"In addition to our shipbuilding base, this adds aircraft production to
Mississippi's portfolio of high-technology products and jobs."
Northrop Grumman currently has 25 employees at the Moss Point facility, which
can accommodate a workforce of up to 250 employees for full-scale production.
Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems is a premier aerospace and defense systems
integration organization. Headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., it designs,
develops, produces and supports network-enabled integrated systems and
subsystems optimized for use on networks. For its government and civil customers
worldwide, Integrated Systems delivers best-value solutions, products and
services that support military and homeland defense missions in the areas of
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; space access; battle management
command and control; and integrated strike warfare.