Northrop Grum­man an­nounces cen­tres of ex­cel­lence in Florida, Cal­i­for­nia and New York


Northrop Grum­man Cor­po­ra­tion (NOC) an­nounced it is des­ig­nat­ing five cen­tres of de­sign and in­te­gra­tion ex­cel­lence in sup­port of its Aero­space Sys­tems sec­tor’s manned air­craft, un­manned sys­tems and elec­tronic at­tack busi­nesses. In ad­di­tion, the com­pany an­nounced plans to close an In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems sec­tor fa­cil­ity in Dominguez Hills, Cal­i­for­nia.

“Con­sol­i­dat­ing th­ese cen­tres of ex­cel­lence will im­prove our strate­gic align­ment with our cus­tomers’ need for in­creas­ingly in­nova- tive and af­ford­able prod­ucts, ser­vices and so­lu­tions,” said Wes Bush, Chair­man, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer and Pres­i­dent of Northrop Grum­man. “We con­tin­u­ously ex­am­ine our op­er­a­tional ca­pac­ity to de­ter­mine how we can lever­age it in the most ef­fi­cient and cost-com­pet­i­tive man­ner. Given the cur­rent bud­get en­vi­ron­ment, it is im­per­a­tive that we act to en­hance fu­ture per­for­mance, in­no­va­tion and af­ford­abil­ity for our cus­tomers.”

The Manned Air­craft De­sign Cen­ter of Ex­cel­lence will be lo­cated in Mel­bourne, Florida, and will in­clude air­craft de­sign work cur­rently be­ing per­formed at the com­pany’s Beth­page, New York, fa­cil­ity. The B-2, F/A-18 and F-35 pro­grammes will re­main in Palm­dale, El Se­gundo and Re­dondo Beach, Cal­i­for­nia, re­spec­tively.

The com­pany’s Un­manned Sys­tems Cen­ter of Ex­cel­lence will be lo­cated at its Ran­cho Bernardo fa­cil­ity in San Diego, Cal­i­for­nia. Two pro­grammes will tran­si­tion to that cen­tre: the MQ-4C Tri­ton pro­gramme from Beth­page, and the NATO Air­borne Ground Sur­veil­lance pro­gramme from Mel­bourne, Florida.

An Elec­tronic At­tack Cen­ter of Ex­cel­lence will be lo­cated in Beth­page, and will in­clude the Aero­space Sys­tems’ Elec­tronic At­tack pro­gramme team.

The com­pany has des­ig­nated two Air­craft In­te­gra­tion Cen­ters of Ex­cel­lence, one in Palm­dale, Cal­i­for­nia, and the other in St. Au­gus­tine, Florida. Cur­rent in­te­gra­tion ac­tiv­i­ties in Moss Point, Mis­sis­sippi, and New Town, N.D., are not in­cluded in this tran­si­tion.

The com­pany will close its Dominguez Hills, Cal­i­for­nia, fa­cil­ity as part of its long-term ef­fort to re­duce fa­cil­i­ties and costs. This fa­cil­ity sup­ports the devel­op­ment and in­te­gra­tion of C4I net­worked com­mu­ni­ca­tions ca­pa­bil­i­ties and so­lu­tions, and mis­sion sup­port work for the in­for­ma­tion sys­tems sec­tor. This work will be tran­si­tioned in phases to other com­pany fa­cil­i­ties be­gin­ning in 2013. Northrop Grum­man also an­nounced plans to com­plete the clo­sure of its elec­tronic sys­tems sec­tor’s Nor­walk, Con­necti­cut, fa­cil­ity, in­clud­ing radar test range op­er­a­tions.

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