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A shape only its mother could love

Although it has a shape that only its mother - or a geometrician - could love, the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit Bomber is certainly striking, particularly in this US Air Force photo where it’s pictured taking on fuel from a Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker. Credit: US Air Force

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B-2 Spirit (of America) bomber over Pasadena

Here’s a nice shot from the US Air Force site of a Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit bomber over Pasadena in California earlier this month. Credit: US Air Force

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Norhtrop Grumman’s UAV Concepts

At last week’s AUVSI show, Northtrop Grumman unveiled two UAV concepts (above). The designs show that the manufacturer is planning an aggressive new push to expand deeper into the market for unmanned air vehicles. Read more… (Graphic: Flightglobal; Source: Northrop Grumman)

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Bat/KillerBee UAV Launch

(Photo: Northrop Grumman) The Bat/Killer Bee UAV, seen above having just launched, was acquired by Northrop Grumman from Swift Engineering, and licensed Raytheon to propose the KB-4 independently for STUAS.Here are its manufacturing details: Wingspan 3.1m Length 1.92m Mass 74.4kg Endurance 15h Cruise speed 55kt Altitude 10,000ft Payload 22.3kg You can read more the Bat/KillerBee […]

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Northrop to Modify Bell 407 with autonomous control system

Northrop Grumman has announced plans to later this year fly a Bell 407 helicopter modified with the autonomous control systems from its MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned air vehicle.The initial goal for the so-called Fire-X concept is to demonstrate unmanned cargo resupply capability to the US Navy, which intends to launch a two-year demonstration programme in 2011. […]

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Q&A with Michelle Scarpella, VP for Boeing F/A 18 subcontractor

Michelle Scarpella joined Northrop Grumman from university. Now she is vice-president responsible for all aspects of its fuselage and vertical tail work as a Boeing F/A-18 subcontractor in El Segundo, California. How did you begin your career at Northrop Grumman? I joined the company right after earning a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fullerton. […]

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NASA’s N2A Blended Wing Aircraft Compared to 1940s Design

As rising fuel costs and pressure to cut emissions drive most of the aviation industry to seek even small improvements in aircraft efficiency, NASA is pushing to mature technologies that may realise in the 2020s an aircraft concept that could slash fuel consumption by up to a third. The so-called flying wing, or blended wing […]

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Eurohawk unveiled in USA

Northrop Grumman and EADS Defence and Security have unveiled the first Eurohawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) at Northrop Grumman‘s Palmdale, California facility. Read more…

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US Navy opts for Global Hawk for maritime surveillance

The US Navy was the slowest and perhaps most reluctant of the armed services to embrace the potential of unmanned aircraft for the purpose of persistent surveillance. After a false start in 2003, the USN initiated a competitive procurement process for a Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) fleet in 2006. The multi-billion dollar contract predictably […]

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NATO to deploy first RQ-4s in 2012

NATO is “shooting for” a 2012 entry-into-service date for its long-awaited airborne alliance ground surveillance (AGS) fleet, although the contract remains unsigned and the most likely contractor acknowledges facing development issues. Read on… Aircraft profile: Northrop Grumman Global Hawk More aircraft profiles plus create your own….

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