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Northrop Grumman and Andøya Space to Collaborate on Supporting Norway Defense Plan

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Northrop Grumman and Andøya Space to Collaborate on Supporting Norway Defense Plan

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Northrop Grumman and Andøya Space to Collaborate on Supporting Norway Defense Plan
Northrop Grumman and Andøya Space to Collaborate on Supporting Norway Defense Plan

Northrop Grumman Corporation and Andøya Space signed a Memorandum of Understanding formalizing their collaboration to support Norway’s Long Term Defense Plan. This includes developing advanced autonomous maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities to meet Norway’s priorities. This partnership will catalyze innovation, stimulate economic growth and establish Andøya as a global leader in autonomous technology. Northrop Grumman is committed to supporting Norway and its NATO partners in ensuring the security of the High North. During a visit to Oslo in March 2024, Northrop Grumman Chair, CEO and President Kathy Warden stressed the importance of trusted industry partnerships to regional security and NATO’s technological edge when she met with Norwegian government and industry leaders. The company is forging enduring partnerships with Norwegian industry, having invested more than $1 billion in contracts since 2005.

Ketil Olsen, chief executive officer, Andøya Space: “Andøya Space and Northrop Grumman have a long and pioneering history within the aerospace industry. This collaboration will help find robust technological solutions to Norway’s needs and challenges in the north when it comes to maritime surveillance, safety and security.”

Jane Bishop, vice president and general manager, global surveillance, Northrop Grumman: “Our partnership with Andøya Space marks a pivotal moment in our commitment to advancing autonomous capabilities together with Norwegian industry. As Norway considers its options for safeguarding its interests in the High North, Northrop Grumman and Andøya Space are ready to shape the future of advanced autonomous systems by leveraging the MQ-4C Triton to meet the needs of today and the future.”

As a technology powerhouse and prime systems integrator, Northrop Grumman delivers and sustains proven solutions to meet customers’ national security needs. Built for the U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Air Force, the multi-intelligence MQ-4C Triton represents the most advanced maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability deployed today. The platform supports a wide range of missions including maritime patrol, signals intelligence and search and rescue. Force and fleet commanders receive Triton’s persistent surveillance data to help predict an adversary’s behavior, enable better planning and enhance joint military response and operations.

Andøya Space, headquartered on the scenic island of Andøya in northern Norway, is an aerospace company with over six decades of operations. With a “can-do” attitude, Andøya Space supports scientists, engineers, and government entities by providing the means to fly, launch, test, research, educate, and inspire. Andøya Space offers launch services for sounding rockets, a launch site for launching small satellites into polar and sun-synchronous orbits, and an advanced test range for military applications. In addition, Andøya Space provides solutions for ground-based instrumentation, space education, and engineering services.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is an American multinational aerospace and defense technology company. With 95,000 employees and an annual revenue in excess of $30 billion, it is one of the world’s largest weapons manufacturers and military technology providers. The firm ranked No.?101 on the 2022 Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations. Northrop Grumman leads the development of the B-21 Raider, a long-range, stealth strategic bomber that can drop conventional and nuclear weapons; it will replace Northrop’s own B-2 Spirit, the world’s only known stealth bomber. It was the sole bidder on the Air Force’s Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program, which aims to develop and build a new intercontinental ballistic missile.

Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton uncrewed aircraft aligns to Norway’s need for maritime surveillance capabilities in the High North. (Photo Credit: Northrop Grumman)
Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton uncrewed aircraft aligns to Norway’s need for maritime surveillance capabilities in the High North. (Photo Credit: Northrop Grumman)

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