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Northrop Grumman Gives Award to Curtiss-Wright for Global Hawk

September 8, 2015  - By
An RQ-4 Global Hawk soars through the sky to record intelligence, surveillence and reconnaissance data. Air Force and Navy officials met to discuss joint training with the RQ-4. (Courtesy USAF)

An RQ-4 Global Hawk soars through the sky to record intelligence, surveillence and reconnaissance data. (Courtesy USAF)

Curtiss-Wright Corporation’s Defense Solutions division was honored by Northrop Grumman for its role as a supplier in support of the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS).

Global Hawk has flown 150,000 total flight hours supporting diverse global missions. Carrying a variety of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensor payloads, Global Hawk supports anti-terrorism, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, airborne communications and information-sharing missions.

A ceremony was held Aug. 19 at Curtiss-Wright’s Integrated Systems facility in Santa Clarita, Calif., for the program to receive the James G. Roche Sustainment Excellence Award for a third year in a row. During the ceremony, an award was presented by Mick Jaggers, Global Hawk UAS vice president and program manager, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Sector, and accepted by Lynn Bamford, senior vice president and general manager, Defense Solutions division. The event was also attended by Rep. Steve Knight, U.S. Congressman for California’s 25th District.

(From left) Knight, Bamford and Jaggers with the award.

(From left) Knight, Bamford and Jaggers with the award.

“We extend our sincerest congratulations to the US Air Force on this award and Northrop Grumman for their stellar job as the prime contractor on the milestone setting RQ-4 Global Hawk UAS,” said Ms. Bamford. “We take great pride in Curtiss-Wright’s role as an industry leader in providing advanced rugged electronics that help lower this important aircraft’s cost through the use of commercial-off-the-shelf technologies.”

During the ceremony, Jaggers remarked, “An aircraft as sophisticated as the Global Hawk comes together with the help of many partners, and one of the most crucial sustainment partners on the Global Hawk is Curtiss-Wright.”

The Sustainment Excellence Award is granted by Headquarters U.S. Air Force Logistics, Installations and Mission Support. It is named for Dr. James G. Roche, the 20th Secretary of the Air Force, a position he held from 2001 to 2005.

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