In its five-year budget, the Air Force is seeking $3.74 billion to research and develop a new class of long-range strike systems. The systems could include new missiles, drones and a bomber, which would be the first new bomber to be developed in nearly 30 years, since Northrop Grumman's B-2 was designed.
Northrop Grumman's first-quarter results suggest that the company has won a contract to build a prototype for the Next Generation Bomber for the Air Force. The company's results showed that it received $2.5 billion for secret aircraft programs.
Northrop Grumman's second KC-45 aircraft completed its final check flight May 15, the company said. The aircraft will become part of the Air Force tanker program. Northrop and its partner EADS won a contract to assemble tankers for the Air Force. Boeing is protesting the award.
Railway damage done by Hurricane Katrina is forcing segments of the space shuttle's solid-rocket boosters to travel on a different route to Florida. NASA and booster manufacturer ATK Thiokol, based in Utah, are now using an alternate route that winds through Alabama on its way to Kennedy Space Center.
Northrop Grumman won a $19 million contract to integrate telephone and network operations for the U.S. Air Force. The project will consolidate the Air Force's voice network systems and create one automated management system.