Pentagon Places Half a Billion Dollar Drone Order With Northrop Grumman

RQ-4 Global Hawk/Operation New DawnThe Department of Defense has place a half billion order of drones with Northrop Grumman. Reuters reports that the $555 million contract is for Northrop’s Global Hawk drones:

Northrop Grumman Corp has won a contract worth up to $555.6 million for modernization of the high-altitude Global Hawk unmanned plane, the Pentagon announced on Monday.

The company’s contract with the Air Force runs through May 14, 2015, the department said in its daily digest of big weapons deals.

The contract covers a wide range of activities, including management, engineering efforts, reliability, availability and diminishing manufacturing sources.

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