Synergies / Unmanned Systems
Moss Point, MS, USA
production facility | final assembly
The Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle is being built for the Navy and the Army at Northrop Grumman's new Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point. Although it is seen primarily as a surveillance and reconnaissance drone, the military is moving more towards providing air-strike capability to a range of drones. So it was only natural the Fire Scout would also be considered for an attack capability. One Northrop official described such an armed helicopter drone as a "Fire Scout with an attitude." The Navy will be using the Fire Scout aboard the new generation of surface warfare vessels being developing, including the littoral combat ships. The new generation of surface combat ships are being built in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Maine, and includes destroyers, cruisers and more. The number of Fire Scouts that will be purchased is expected to rise over time as the military relies more and more on UAVs. Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman.
Moss Point, MS, USA
production facility | fuselage work
The combat-tested Global Hawk has proven to be a capable surveillance craft for allied warfighters. The newest version of the aircraft is larger and more capable than its predecessor. Because of the success of the armed Predator, the military is looking closely at a new generation of drone bombers, and the Global Hawk is considered a prime candidate as a first-line attack aircraft. The fuselage for the latest version will be built at Northrop Grumman's Unmanned System Center in Jackson County. Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman.
Moss Point, MS, USA | production facility
The Hunter UAV is being built at Northrop Grumman's new Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point. The Hunter allows commanders to look deep into enemy territory by collecting and relaying real-time day/night video surveillance back to ground control and mission monitoring stations for intelligence-gathering and target acquisition information. Since it entered the Army inventory in 1996, the fleet of Hunter UAVs has accumulated more than 37,000 flight hours, including more than 10,000 hours supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman.