General Atomics, Northrop awarded drone production funds


General Atomics, Northrop awarded drone production funds

Both General Atomics and Northrop Grumman have received orders worth more than $300 million each to produce new units of their larger-profile unmanned aerial vehicles.

The Air Force awarded General Atomics an estimated $400 million contract for 36 MQ-9 Reaper strike aircraft and the Navy gave Northrop a $304 million modification for three MQ-4C Triton surveillance drones. General Atomics’ contract covers work through April 2020 and Northrop’s modification has an end date of April 2021.

A presentation from the Center for the Study of the Drone says Reaper and Triton are respectively the largest unmanned procurement spending items for the Air Force and Navy in the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2017 budget.  The Air Force plans $906.1 million in spending on the Reaper program that includes 24 new aircraft purchases and The Navy

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