The U.S. Air Force said it has awarded Northrop Grumman a $114.2 million contract for Global Hawk high-altitude spy aircraft.

Specifically, the deal is for low rate initial production advance procurement for Lot 11 Global Hawks. The contract covers long-lead items for three Block 30 air vehicles, three in-line airborne signals intelligence payloads, three in-line enhanced integrated sensor suite sensors and two airborne signals intelligence payload retrofit kits.

Work will be done in San Diego and is expected to be done by February 2015.

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio awarded the deal.

— SDBJ Staff Report