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Northrop Grumman gets Global Hawk contract mod

The $203 million U.S. Air Force contract option is for drone's logistics and sustainment.

By Geoff Ziezulewicz
Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $203 million U.S. Air Force contract modification for Global Hawk drone logistics and sustainment. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $203 million U.S. Air Force contract modification for Global Hawk drone logistics and sustainment. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz

WASHINGTON, June 22 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. has been awarded a $203 million modification to exercise the option on a previously awarded contract to provide contractor logistic services and sustainment for the U.S. Air Force's Global Hawk drone program.

The contract calls for providing additional material and services that include planning, operations support and maintenance support.

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Work will be performed in California, with an estimated completion date of June 2017.

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center is the contracting activity.

The Global Hawk drone provides high-resolution imagery of large areas day and night, regardless of the weather, Northrop Grumman said.

It was initially developed from U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency technology and was deployed overseas shortly after Sept. 11, 2001.

The original Global Hawk now flies scientific research missions for NASA.

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