Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Northrop Grumman Invites Media to the Next-Generation Block 40 Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft Rollout Ceremony

Northrop Grumman Invites Media to the Next-Generation Block 40 Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft Rollout Ceremony
June 3, 2009

What: Rollout Ceremony for Northrop Grumman's Block 40 Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft System

When: Thursday, June 25, 2009
9:30-10:30 a.m. PDT
Media must arrive no later than 9 a.m.

Where: Northrop Grumman Corporation
3520 East Avenue M, Building 307, Site 3 Hangar
Palmdale, Calif. 93550

RSVP: By noon, Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Non-U.S. citizens are requested to contact us in advance.
Gemma Loochkartt,
(858) 618-4245 (office) or (858) 335-0694 (cell)

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) will roll out its first Block 40 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system in a ceremony Thursday, June
25, 2009 at the company's Antelope Valley Manufacturing Center in Palmdale, Calif.

The ceremony, which is scheduled to begin at approximately 9:30 a.m., will feature brief remarks by senior Northrop Grumman executives, U.S.
Air Force officials, and other military and government representatives.

The Block 40 Global Hawk will provide a revolutionary, persistent ground surveillance capability to the warfighter with its advanced, all-weather MP-RTIP (multi-platform radar technology insertion program) sensor. Designated AF-18, the first Block 40 aircraft is the 27th Global Hawk built since the program's inception in 1995.

A total of 15 Block 40 aircraft are scheduled for production, with the first aircraft scheduled for fielding to Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota, in 2010. Global Hawks were deployed in 2001 in support of overseas contingency operations and have flown more than 31,000 hours thus far.

Flying at altitudes of more than 60,000 feet for more than 32 hours at speeds approaching 340 knots, Global Hawk can persistently see through
any type of weather, day or night. It is the high-altitude, long-endurance platform of choice for a wide variety of sensors, foreign and domestic, meeting the global need for persistent intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. Northrop Grumman has been in the unmanned aircraft systems business for more than 60 years, providing more than 100,000 unmanned systems to military customers in the U.S. and abroad.

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