Aurora Delivers Global Hawk Ahead of Schedule

13 June 2000

Aurora West Virginia announced today that it has successfully completed a rapid-response project to construct a full-size model of the Global Hawk Unmanned Air Vehicle. The contract was announced March 7 by U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd. Under its agreement with Northrop Grumman's Ryan Aeronautical Center, Aurora was to complete the model by June 1. "We are pleased to report that the project was actually completed on May 26, almost a week ahead of schedule," said AWV President Robb Lenhart. The model will now be shipped to England where it will be a centerpiece display at the Farnborough International Air Show. The show opens July 24, and more than 300,000 guests from approximately 50 nations are expected to attend. To build the 116-foot wingspan aircraft, Aurora employed a team of 24 people drawn from across its three facilities. Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor for the Global Hawk UAV, which is intended to be the Air Force's next generation airborne reconnaissance system. In addition to the full-scale model, Aurora has built the tail surfaces for each of the five aircraft produced to date. Aurora West Virginia builds metal and composite structures for manned and unmanned aircraft. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation.

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