Military

US Army Awards $750M for ISR Aircraft Engineering, Modification, Upgrade

By S.L. Fuller | December 7, 2017

The Northrop Grumman team brings more than 50 years of Army-focused and SEMA-specific airborne ISR development and maintenance expertise to this program. Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman

The Northrop Grumman team brings more than 50 years of Army-focused and SEMA-specific airborne ISR development and maintenance expertise to this program. Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman

The U.S. Army has awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. $750 million to service its special electronic mission aircraft (SEMA), the company said. Covering aircraft lifecycle, the deal is a base-year contract with eight option years.

These services would apply to 75 aircraft. The Army’s SEMA fleet performs intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, with aircraft including the RC-12X Guardrail, the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance Surveillance System and Airborne Reconnaissance Low variants.

Northrop Grumman is to deliver program management, systems engineering and modification, supply chain management, and aircraft modifications and elective upgrades. The company’s team includes King Aerospace Inc. and M1 Support Service. Both companies have years of SEMA-specific maintenance personnel and expertise, according to Northrop Grumman.

“We understand SEMA aircraft and the important and unique role it plays in the collection of actionable intelligence around the world,” said John Parker, VP of global logistics and modernization for Northrop Grumman Technology Services. “Our lifecycle services and cutting edge collection of capabilities not only ensure the aircraft is mission capable today, but also well into the future through an offering of innovative improvement and modernization solutions.”

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