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Northrop Grumman Corporation, with the citizens of Mississippi, is making historical strides in technology to keep our soldiers safer, make our military better informed, and more efficient. Northrop Grumman’s Integrated Systems Unmanned System Center, which develops fully operational unmanned aircraft for the U.S. military branches, has made its home in south Mississippi in the city of Moss Point, making Northrop Grumman Mississippi’s largest single employer with over 11,750 employees.

Ground-breaking for the 100,000+ square foot center was in 2004 with the specific mission of further developing, testing, and producing the MQ-8B Fire Scout for the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army, as well as subassembly work for the U.S. Air Force RQ-4B Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance system.

The Fire Scout is the first unmanned aircraft system (UAS) within the U.S. Navy and the third UAS of all U.S. military branches to reach the beginning of its low-rate initial production phase.

Fire Scout system technology supports multidimensional air-ground operations and manned-unmanned teaming and connectivity to Army and Joint Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition and communications systems. The Fire Scout is capable of autonomous, fully vertical landings and takeoffs which make it ideal for ship-based surveillance and long-distance combat as well as unprepared, unimproved landing zones and confined spaces.

The Fire Scout system also makes available over-the-horizon uninterrupted communication for military commanders including voice, data, and live video feeds.

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