Northrop Grumman begins construction on unmanned aircraft for NATO

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems began construction Tuesday on its first of five NATO Alliance Ground System Global Hawk aircraft.

This unmanned aircraft, enhanced to meet NATO operational requirements, will feature multi-platform radar technology for airborne ground surveillance and will fly at altitudes up to 60,000 feet for more than 30 hours.

“This is truly about saving the lives of our war fighters here today,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “Mississippi excels at advanced manufacturing, and the sophisticated aircraft that will be built at Northrop Grumman’s Moss Point facility are a testament to the quality of the area’s workforce.”

Bryant added that not only are these new aircraft creating jobs and saving lives, but they are also the way of the future.

“I’m going to make sure that we continue to move forward in manufacturing unmanned vehicles,” he said.

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