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Japan Global Hawk Contract Award

Northrop Grumman completes successful first flight of Japan’s RQ-4B Global Hawk [©Northrop Grumman]

Northrop Grumman Defense Services has been awarded a $58.5 million support contract for the Japan Global Hawk programme.


US DoD Contract Notice, 29 April 2021: Northrop Grumman Defense Services, Sierra Vista, Arizona, has been awarded a $58,546,016 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract for the Japan Global Hawk programme.

This contract provides for contractor logistics support services to include, but not limited to, in-country personnel, mission planning, contractor field teams, contractor inventory control, reach back support and software maintenance. Work will be performed in Misawa Air Base, Japan, and is expected to be completed Sept. 30, 2022.

This contract involves Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to Japan and is the result of a sole-source acquisition. FMS funds in the full amount are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.


Northrop Grumman Press Release, San Diego, 16 April 2021: Northrop Grumman Corporation successfully completed the first flight of Japan’s RQ-4B Global Hawk on April 15, 2021 from Palmdale, California. With an unmatched combination of range, endurance, and payload capability, Global Hawk is the only platform that provides greater data collection flexibility than space or medium-altitude assets.

“The unarmed RQ-4B Global Hawk will provide Japan with on-demand intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information supporting the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s missions of protecting borders, monitoring threats and providing humanitarian assistance in times of need,” said Jane Bishop, vice president and general manager, autonomous systems, Northrop Grumman. “This successful first flight is a significant milestone in delivering Global Hawk to our Japanese allies.”

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