The U.S. Navy recently awarded Northrop Grumman a contract modification that could be worth as much as $10 million.

The money will go toward operation and maintenance services on the Triton demonstrator, which is the Navy’s version of the Global Hawk unmanned spy plane.

The services include manpower to increase operational tempo from the current nine missions per month to a sustained level of 15 missions per month. Most of the work will be done in Patuxent River, Md.

Work will continue through May.

Northrop Grumman’s unmanned aircraft programs are based in Rancho Bernardo.

— SDBJ Staff Report