Northrop Grumman's Global Hawk Program Selected for U.S. Air Force Sustainment Excellence Award

Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:00pm EST

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SAN DIEGO,  Feb. 25, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk
unmanned aircraft program was recently awarded the 2012 Dr. James G. Roche
Sustainment Excellence Award for demonstrating the most improved performance in
aircraft maintenance and logistics readiness. Northrop Grumman Corporation
(NYSE: NOC) is the prime contractor for the high-flying fleet of Global Hawks.


"Even with a year marked with fiscal challenges and heightened operations tempo,
the Global Hawk government-industry team was able to increase aircraft mission
capability by 26 percent in fiscal year 2012. This increase allowed the Global
Hawk team to execute and fly more than 13,400 hours last year," said  George
Guerra, vice president of the Global Hawk program for Northrop Grumman's
Aerospace Systems sector. "This prestigious award signifies that the entire team
is constantly striving to improve in every area and doing everything we can to
support U.S. and allied troops."

Echoing the program's marked performance improvements is the recently released
director, Operational Test and Evaluation annual report to the Secretary of
Defense. The extensive report highlights the Global Hawk's mission-capable rate,
which rose from approximately 52 percent in fiscal year 2011 to nearly 78
percent in 2012, while exceeding the Air Force's goal for 19 consecutive months.

"Congratulations to Northrop Grumman for ensuring our warfighters are equipped
with a system that is ready and available when they need it," said Col.  Carlin
Heimann, Global Hawk system program director for the U.S. Air Force. "It is
encouraging to be recognized at Air Force levels for the contributions this team
makes to improving Global Hawk reliability and sustainability. This will always
be a joint government-contractor effort and together we earned this award, which
is a reminder that we have our priorities right."

In 2004, the Air Force chief of staff approved the award, named for the 20th
secretary of the Air Force, to promote maintenance excellence. Air Force
officials determine the award recipients by calculating the improvements for a
predetermined set of metrics and multiplying each metric by a corresponding
weighted value. The award will be presented at a date and location to be

Capable of flying for more than 30 hours at an altitude over 60,000 feet, Global
Hawk provides decision-makers with near-real-time intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance, and provides warfighters with unmatched communications relay
capabilities. It continues to fly missions around the world, accumulating more
than 88,000 total flight hours, 80 percent of which were flown in combat in
support of overseas contingency operations. A total of 37 Global Hawks have been
delivered to the Air Force, with additional aircraft scheduled for delivery this

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