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U.S. Air Force Selects Northrop Grumman to Provide the New KC-45A Aerial Refueling Tanker

U.S. Air Force Selects Northrop Grumman to Provide the New KC-45A Aerial Refueling Tanker

Los Angeles, California -- (Northrop Grumman) -- February 29, 2008 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced today that it has been selected by the U.S. Air Force to provide the KC-45A aerial refueling tanker for the KC-135 tanker replacement program. The Air Force's KC-45A is based on the highly-successful A330 commercial airframe, produced by EADS.

EADS/Northrop Grumman © Photo.

"We are excited to partner with the Air Force for their number one acquisition priority, the KC-45A Tanker," said Ronald D. Sugar, Northrop Grumman chairman and chief executive officer. "Northrop Grumman's vast expertise in aerospace design, development and systems integration will ensure our nation's warfighters receive the most capable and versatile tanker ever built. The Northrop Grumman KC-45A tanker will be a game changer."

Ronald D. Sugar, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Northrop Grumman Corporation. Northrop Grumman © Archive Photo.

Ronald D. Sugar, Chairman, CEO and President of Northrop Grumman Corporation

The initial KC-45A contract provides four System Design and Development aircraft and is valued at $1.5 billion. The first KC-45A airframe completed its first flight on Sept. 25, 2007 and will now begin military conversion to the tanker configuration. The KC-45A's Aerial Refueling Boom System is currently in flight test and has successfully performed numerous in-flight contacts with receiver aircraft.

KC-30 Aerial Refueling of a B2 Bomber Aircraft. EADS © Photo.

KC-30 Aerial Refueling of a B2 Bomber Aircraft

"Clearly the U.S. Air Force conducted a thorough and transparent competition in choosing their new tanker, which resulted in selection of the aircraft that best meets their current and future requirements," said Gary Ervin, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems sector. "By selecting the most capable and modern aircraft, the Air Force has embraced a system that provides a best-value solution to our armed forces and our nation."

KC-30 Aerial Refueling of a B2 Bomber Aircraft. EADS © Photo.

KC-30 Aerial Refueling of a B2 Bomber Aircraft

The KC-45A Tanker aircraft will be assembled at new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Mobile, Ala., and will employ 25,000 workers at 230 U.S. companies. The KC-45A's refueling systems will be built at new facilities in Bridgeport, W.Va., and delivered to the KC-45A Production Center for aircraft integration.

The KC-45A will be built by a world-class industrial team led by Northrop Grumman Corporation, and includes primary subcontractor EADS North America and General Electric Aviation, Sargent Fletcher, Honeywell, Parker, AAR Cargo Systems, Telephonics and Knight Aerospace.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $32 billion global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.


Our Capabilities :

At Northrop Grumman, we’re defining the future with an extraordinary portfolio of capabilities, technologies and products, led by an excellent management team. From undersea to outer space and into cyberspace, we deliver innovative systems, products and solutions.

Our vision is to be the most trusted provider of systems and technologies that ensure the security and freedom of our nation and its allies. In so doing, Northrop Grumman will become our customers’ provider of choice, our industry’s employer of choice and our shareholders’ investment of choice.

Our broad-based capabilities make us a top-tier global defense and technology company. Our balanced and diversified portfolio is aligned in four businesses: Information & Services, Aerospace, Electronics, and Shipbuilding.

The scope of Northrop Grumman’s work is vast:

  • Command and control systems
  • Large scale intelligence information systems
  • Missile defense systems
  • Advanced radar systems
  • Civil government and public safety information systems
  • Conventional and nuclear powered naval ships
  • Satellites for a wide variety of missions
  • System sustainment, logistics support and training
  • High-energy laser systems
  • Health information systems
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles

We are defining future systems and their underlying technologies. We are developing the next generation airborne tanker transport, space radar, long-range strike aircraft bomber and the next generation aircraft carrier, destroyer and cruiser. Tomorrow’s first responders will use our advanced wireless broadband systems to get critical data fast. Our spacecraft, operating far from Earth, will help unlock the secrets of the universe. And we’re helping to define a nationwide health-information network architecture and other advanced information systems.

Information & Services
Northrop Grumman puts information to work. As a trusted partner, the company develops systems and solutions that deliver timely, enabling information where it is needed most for its military, intelligence, federal, state and local government, and commercial customers. More...

Northrop Grumman’s electronic solutions span the spectrum. The company is a leading developer, manufacturer, integrator and supporter of a variety of advanced electronic and maritime systems for U.S. and international customers for national security and non-defense applications. More...

Northrop Grumman’s aerospace systems operate from the high ground. The company is a premier developer, integrator, producer and supporter of manned and unmanned aircraft, spacecraft, high-energy laser systems, microelectronics and other systems and subsystems critical to maintaining the nation’s security and leadership in science and technology. More...

Ships built by Northrop Grumman project power worldwide. The company is the nation’s sole industrial designer, builder and refueler of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and one of only two companies that design and build nuclear-powered submarines. The business is also one of the nation’s leading providers and life-cycle supporters of major surface ships for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, international navies and commercial vessels.

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Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).