Northrop Grumman

Amerikansk våbenfabrik, en del af USA's militær-industrielle kompleks.. The U.S. led attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq showcased weaponry from Northrop Grumman, the Los Angeles-based defense contractor. The company's $2 billion per copy B-2 stealth bomber flew roundtrip nonstop missions from Missouri to Afghanistan and later Iraq. Their much-touted Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle collected thousands of images used by military planners to plan airstrikes.
But they do more than built planes and bombers. The company's Electronic Systems division makes high tech systems like the Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) which serves as a military "airborne nerve center" during campaigns.
Since 1994, the company has made a staggering 14 acquisitions, putting it in a great position to be the Bush administration's weapons manufacturer of choice. It is strong in the area of defense electronics and unmanned vehicles, thought to be the new face of warfare. NG makes a chunk of each of the major fighter planes on the drawing board; it is the prime contractor on the F-A/E-18 and subcontractor on the new F-22 and Joint Strike Fighters. And Northrop Grumman owns the two biggest ship builders in the country, Ingalls and Newport News.
The gamble has paid off. With the December 2002 buyout of TRW, Northrop Grumman became the third largest defense contractor in the United States, behind Lockheed Martin and Boeing. The company also increased their profile in missile defense technologies, a big priority for the Bush administration.
Now, on every front, the company is in a prime position to reap billions as a result of the Bush administration's military priorities, especially in the war on terrorism and war in Iraq.
From 2001 to 2002, Northrop Grumman's Pentagon contracts grew 67%, from $5.2 billion to $8.7 billion. Now, the company boasts annual sales of more than $25 billion and approximately 120,000 employees operating in all 50 states and 25 countries.
The company figures prominently in the President's military spending requests-you can see NG in the defense budget, the supplemental to pay for war and occupation in Iraq and in the Homeland Security bill.
FY04 Military Budget:
In late September, the House-Senate conference released their draft agreement for the FY '04 Defense Appropriation Bill. Bush's request for the Pentagon was large- $379.9 billion, and Congress only cut it slightly, granting the Defense Department $368.2 billion in budget authority for fiscal year 2004. While they cut off the top, they added money to the procurement line. The administration asked for $72.7 billion, and Congress upped it to $74.7 billion. Some of Congress' generosity is destined for NG's coffers, including spending on the following systems:
· $44.5 million for fixes and modifications to the EA-6B Prowler
· $46.8 million for modifications to the B-2 stealth bomber
· $86.7 million for the Fire Scout vertical takeoff and landing unmanned aerial vehicle.
· $23.6 million for a new mini-sub, the Advanced SEAL Delivery System (ASDS).
The FY04 Procurement Budget also includes billions to buy fighter planes and sea systems built by Northrop Grumman, either as the prime contractor, or a major subcontractor. While not all the money for each program will go to Northrop Grumman, it still adds up to a major boon for the company:
Prime Contractor:
"Virginia" Attack Submarine
$2.6 billion for 1 submarine
NG's Newport News is producing the submarines as part of a team with Electric Boat.
DDG-51 "Arleigh Burke" Destroyer
$3.2 billion for 3 ships
NG's Ships Systems is the prime contractor.
LPD-17 Amphibious Transport Ship
$1.3 billion for 1 ship
NG's Ships Systems is the prime contractor.
Major Subcontractor:
F/A-22 "Raptor" Fighter
$3.6 billion for 22 aircraft
NG is a major subcontractor developing the radar system under a joint venture lead by Boeing and Lockheed Martin.
Joint Strike Fighter
$4.3 billion
NG's Integrated Systems is a full partner with Lockheed Martin Aeronautical and BAE Systems for the JSF airframe, and is involved in a number of other aspects of the plane's development.
F/A-18E/F "Super Hornet" Navy Fighter
$2.9 billion for 42 aircraft
NG is prime subcontractor to Boeing.
President Bush asked Congress to approve an $87 billion Emergency Supplemental to fund occupation and rebuilding efforts in Iraq. While the House and Senate are still working out the details, they are almost certain to designate $1.9 billion to repair and purchase new military equipment. A chunk of that goes to Northrop Grumman, including:
· $55 million to replace the outer wing panels of the EA-6B Prowler aircraft
· $1.5 million to repair stress and fatigue cracks in the E-2C Hawkeye
Homeland Security:
President Bush signed the Homeland Security spending bill for FY04 on September 30, 2003. It allocated $29.4 billion for the newly created federal department. Included in the budget is money for Northrop Grumman headed projects:
· $668.2 million for the Deepwater re-capitalization program and $60 million for a program to develop and test anti-missile technology for commercial aircraft. Deepwater is a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.
· $4 million contract to provide the FBI with a public key infrastructure to boost the level of security for its information network. Analysts predict that the contract could double in value.
Se også: ATP.

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