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Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft Program

07 September 2001

Northrop Grumman highlighted the importance of winning the development contract for the Joint Strike Fighter, expected to be the largest military aircraft procurement program ever.

The programme would help sustain California's leadership in aerospace technology while creating 5,400 direct and indirect jobs in the state, officials at Northrop Grumman Corporation said. The U.S. government is expected in late October to announce the winner in the JSF competition -- either Lockheed Martin Corporation or The Boeing Company -- and award a development contract. Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems is a principal member of the Lockheed Martin JSF team, along with BAE SYSTEMS.

The JSF is the next-generation fighter for three U.S. military services (Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps) and the British Royal Air Force and Royal Navy. Approximately 3,000 aircraft are expected to be produced under the program, which has an estimated value of $200 billion.

Northrop Grumman is responsible for design and integration of the JSF center fuselage section, including the subsystems; development of a substantial portion of JSF mission systems software; ground and flight test support; development of flight control software for the Navy carrier variant; development support in the area of signature/low observables, and support of modeling and simulation activities.






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