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TTCA Praises Northrop Grumman's Expansion Plans for Joint Strike Fighter in Palmdale and El Segundo.



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Northrop Grumman Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) is an aerospace and defense conglomerate that is the result of the 1994 purchase of Grumman by Northrop. The company is the third largest defense contractor for the U.S.  Will Assemble Components in Palmdale, and

Expand Development and Component Manufacturing in El Segundo El Segundo (ĕl sēgŭn`dō), industrial city (1990 pop. 15,223), Los Angeles co., S Calif., on Santa Monica Bay; inc. 1917. Its products include navigation and computer systems, aircraft parts, office machines, telephone apparatus, and  for

the Aircraft That Could Create 1,500 Jobs

The California Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency (TTCA TTCA Trinidad & Tobago Contractors Association
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) today praised the announcement that Northrop Grumman Corporation's Integrated Systems sector will perform component assembly operations for the Joint Strike Fighter A strike fighter is a fighter aircraft which is also capable of attacking surface targets, including ships. It differs from an attack aircraft in that the aircraft remains a capable fighter.  (JSF (JavaServerFaces) A standard framework of components for building rich user interfaces for Java applications. JavaServer Faces run on the server, but are displayed on the client.

JSF - JavaServer Faces
) program at its facility in Palmdale, and will expand its operations in El Segundo for JSF development and component manufacturing work.

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is a supersonic aircraft In aviation, a supersonic aircraft is one that is designed to exceed the speed of sound in at least some of its normal flight configurations. Overview
The great majority of supersonic aircraft today are military or experimental aircraft.
 designed for the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, as well as the British Royal Air Force and Navy. Plans call for more than 3,000 aircraft over the life of the program.

"We are delighted that Northrop Grumman has chosen to expand two of its JSF operations in California," said TTCA Secretary Lon S. Hatamiya. "Its expansion plans will create up to 1,500 new jobs through 2006 for some of California's most skilled aerospace workforce available."

California is the home to stealth technology stealth technology, designs and materials engineered for the military purpose of avoiding detection by radar or any other electronic system. Stealth, or antidetection, technology is applied to vehicles (e.g.  and was instrumental in the development and testing of the JSF. California Governor Gray Davis lobbied hard to secure as much of the work for this project as possible for the state. He pitched Plant 42 in Palmdale as a potential site for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase, and has urged the consideration of the site for full production of the aircraft as well. Governor Davis appointed his senior military adviser, Major Gen. William J. Jefferds (Ret.), to head the effort.

"California remains steadfast in helping to meet the needs of the nation's security," said Maj. Gen. Jefferds, who is also Director of TTCA's Office of Military Base Retention and Reuse. "Retaining California's lead in the aerospace industry is critical to the health of California's economy and our nation."

Ultimately, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin For the former company, see .

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is a leading multinational aerospace manufacturer and advanced technology company formed in 1995 by the merger of Lockheed Corporation with Martin Marietta.
 led the team that edged out Boeing Company to secure the $200 billion contract for the JSF production. Lockheed conducted the first phase of the project with Concept Development in Palmdale. The use of California firms in the ensuing en·sue  
intr.v. en·sued, en·su·ing, en·sues
1. To follow as a consequence or result. See Synonyms at follow.

2. To take place subsequently.
 phases could generate millions of dollars in economic activity for the state. California-based Northrop Grumman has already benefited by being a member of the winning Lockheed JSF team and was awarded an $18.9 billion contract in October 2001 for the system development and demonstration phase of the program, which includes production of 22 aircraft. One of Northrop Grumman's primary responsibilities is the design, integration and manufacture of the aircraft's center fuselage section.

"Performing Northrop Grumman's work for the Joint Strike Fighter in El Segundo and Palmdale allows us to utilize the outstanding skills of the work forces in both areas," said, Air Combat Systems Sector Vice President Gary W. Ervin. "We're proud of our long tradition of excellence in the South Bay and the Antelope Valley This article is about the Los Angeles County region. For the census-designated place in Wyoming, see Antelope Valley-Crestview, Wyoming.

The Antelope Valley
."

In Palmdale, assembly of the first JSF center fuselage is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2003 at Northrop Grumman's facility at Air Force Plant 42 where the company already performs maintenance of the B-2 stealth bomber and final assembly of unmanned aerial systems. Conducting JSF assembly at the same facility will provide significant operational efficiencies.

The company's JSF work in Palmdale is expected to account for about 250 jobs by 2006. Currently, Northrop Grumman's work on the B-2 and unmanned systems employs about 1,200 in the Antelope Valley. Earlier this year, Northrop Grumman began moving into a newly leased facility near its current site in El Segundo to house the program administration and engineering work for its JSF activity. The company expects to have more than 1,000 employees, mostly engineers, in the new facility by the end of next year.

In addition, Northrop Grumman will perform initial manufacturing and composites fabrication fabrication (fab´rikā´shn),
n the construction or making of a restoration.
 at its existing facilities in El Segundo. That work will account for approximately 200 jobs over the next several years. Currently, Northrop Grumman employs about 3,500 people at its El Segundo operations.

Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems is a premier aerospace systems integration enterprise. Integrated Systems has the capabilities to design, develop, integrate, produce and support complete aircraft systems, as well as airframe subsystems, for airborne surveillance and battle management, early warning aircraft, airborne electronic warfare Noun 1. electronic warfare - military action involving the use of electromagnetic energy to determine or exploit or reduce or prevent hostile use of the electromagnetic spectrum
EW

military action, action - a military engagement; "he saw action in Korea"
 aircraft and air combat missions. It is also integrating these capabilities for emerging network-centric warfare Network-centric warfare (NCW), now commonly called network-centric operations (NCO), is a new military doctrine or theory of war pioneered by the United States Department of Defense.  concepts. For more information, visit www.northropgrumman.com.

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