Northrop Grumman Corp. will build three copies of its high-flying surveillance aircraft, Global Hawk, for Japan.
The business received a $130.5 million contract for components that require long lead times. The Pentagon’s contract listing said the total deal will include three Block 30 (I) air vehicles, two ground control elements, enhanced integrated sensor suite, spares and a site survey.
Global Hawk flies at 60,000 feet and carries electronic sensors to get an idea of what’s going on below. Some U.S. models are being fitted with a camera similar to that flown on the U-2 spy plane, but with more capability.
Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) bases its Global Hawk program in Rancho Bernardo, though the aircraft are actually built in Palmdale.
The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio handled the foreign military sale, announced Oct. 5. The contract will run through mid-2018.