Defense giant Northrop Grumman has been awarded an Integrated Maintenance and Modification Contract by the United States Navy for the E-6B Mercury aircraft.
The E-6B is a large, high-tech aircraft that can communicate with critical assets such as nuclear submarines and is built with a system that can launch intercontinental ballistic missiles.
NG said this work will be carried out at Northrop Grumman’s Aircraft Maintenance and Manufacturing Center in Lake Charles.
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“We are focused on delivering the most relevant capabilities while improving mission readiness,” said Mary Petryszyn, corporate vice president and president of Defensive Systems at Northrop Grumman. . “As leaders in aircraft maintenance and modernization, the United States Navy’s E-6B Mercury fleet is another example of our strong partnership with the Navy in achieving achieve those goals”.
Over the next five years, Northrop Grumman will make modifications to the Navy’s E-6B aircraft to improve command, control, and communications functions linking the nation’s command with the Triad. person of the United States. The company will set up a consolidated production line for the necessary core modifications under the $111 million contract. Northrop Grumman can also perform additional, smaller modifications and select warehouse maintenance tasks as required.
As part of the important Take Charge and Move Out (TACAMO) strategic communications mission, the E-6B operates over a wide frequency range to transmit and receive secure and unsecured voice and data communications. The aircraft provides survivable, durable, and reliable airborne command, control, and communications capabilities to support the President, Secretary of Defense, and U.S. Strategic Command.