Aurora Flight Sciences, which is making the aft fuselage, nacelles and V-tail assembles for the MQ-4C UAS, said it delivered the first complete ship set of structures recently to Northrop Gumman for final assembly.
"The delivery of the first ship set of flight hardware is a major step in this important program," said Aurora President and Chief Executive Officer John Langford. "We are proud of the role that Aurora plays to deliver affordable, high-quality composite structures to Northrop Grumman for the Navy BAMS UAS program."
The first MQ-4C BAMS UAS is expected to make its first flight this year. It is a long-endurance aircraft that will be used for intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance missions.
The U.S. Air Force version of the MQ-4C is the RQ-4 Global Hawk.
Aurora has headquarters in Virginia. The composite structures were manufactured at company facilities in West Virginia.
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