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Kent Kresa, chairman and chief executive officer of Northrop Grumman said, “”We are very pleased and proud to be a principal member of the Lockheed Martin JSF team. This award is a very important victory for Northrop Grumman.
JSF is a stealthy, supersonic aircraft designed for the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, as well as the British Royal Air Force and Navy. Plans call for more than 3,000 aircraft over the life of the program. The announcement today gives the Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and BAE SYSTEMS team the go-ahead to begin the program’s System Design and Development phase to produce 22 test aircraft. Integrated Systems is responsible for detailed design and integration of the JSF center fuselage and weapons bay, including installation design and integration of installed subsystems; substantial portions of systems engineering including operational analysis, mission systems architecture design, and specialty engineering; development of a substantial portion of mission systems software; ground and flight test support; training courseware; development support in the area of signature/low observables, and support of modeling and simulation activities including pilot-in-the-loop simulations. Integrated Systems, which is headquartered in Dallas, Tex., performs its JSF work in El Segundo, Calif.
“”This announcement represents a significant win for Northrop Grumman,”” said Ralph D. Crosby, Jr., corporate vice president and president of Integrated Systems. “”As one of a handful of companies with expertise in total systems design and integration, our role in advanced stealth, airframe and mission systems and composites design and manufacturing adds significantly to this strong team. We are extremely pleased that this trust has been given to us and the other members of the team, and we will work to honor that commitment,”” Mr. Crosby said.
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