Northrop Grumman

According to the latest ranking by SIPRI, Northrop Grumman is the fifth-largest arms company in the world. (SIPRI rankings 2015)

The company’s activites are divided into three major “business sectors”: Aerospace Systems, Mission Systems and Technology Services. These include the areas of Cyber, Logistics, Autonomous systems, C4ISR [Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance] and “Strike”. (company website)

Northrop Grumman’s portfolio includes combat aircraft such as the ground-attack A-10 and the B-2 Spirit “stealth” bomber. It also manufactures a wide range of military drones, including the Global Hawk which is used in surveillance and targeting.

The company has long been active in the provision of nuclear missiles. It declares that it has been “involved in every United States ground based ballistic missile program since 1955” (company website). It was the lead contractor of the US ICBM programme until re-organisation in 2013, and continues to support the “Minuteman” ICBM nuclear missile system.

Northrop Grumman has “been heavily involved in the training and development of the Saudi military personnel”, having had “a partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for more than three decades” (company website). This activity is undertaken at least in part through its subsidiary Vinnell Arabia, which describes itself as “dedicated to providing the best in military training, logistics and support to the Saudi Arabian Ministry of the National Guard” (Vinnell Arabia website).

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