Northrop Grumman Corporation
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
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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Grumman Corporation, please visit this web site: www.northropgrumman.com