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posted on Aug, 27 2005 @ 03:12 PM
The Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) is an aerospace and defense conglomerate that is the result of a 1994 merger between Northrop and Grumman. Major components were added later with the acquisition of Westinghouse Electronic Systems Group, Logicon, Teledyne Ryan, Litton (Ingalls, Avondale), Newport News, and TRW (sans LucasVarity.) Ronald Sugar is the CEO. As of 2004, it had 125,000+ employees working at hundreds of sites in the U.S. and abroad, and an annual revenue of US$29.9 billion. Northrop Grumman ranks #58 on the 2004 Fortune 500 list of U.S. industrial companies.


Okay thats just a little bit, here is another source, aka the companies website, lol.

1939 John K. “Jack” Northrop, a skilled and innovative designer, forms Northrop Aircraft Incorporated in Hawthorne, Calif.

Timeline of Northrop,

1940 Northrop builds its first aircraft, the N-3PB patrol bomber, for the Norwegian Air Force
1944 The P-61 Black Widow night fighter enters combat

1946 First flight of the XB-35 flying wing
1948 First flight of the successor to the P-61, the F-89 Scorpion, a heavily-armed, all-weather fighter-interceptor and one of the world's first jet fighters
1952 Northrop acquires Radioplane Company, manufacturer of target drones
1959 First flight of the F-5, a supersonic fighter combining low cost, ease of maintenance and great versatility. Northrop delivers the first fighter to the U.S. Air Force in 1964. The company develops several versions of the plane, which will be used by militaries in more than 30 countries
1959 To reflect the changing character of its business, Northrop Aircraft Incorporated changes its name to Northrop Corporation
1960 The SM-62 Snark, the first online intercontinental guided missile, enters service

1961 The T-38 supersonic trainer enters service. It will be used to train more than 68,000 U.S. Air Force pilots and thousands of foreign pilots

1978 Northrop delivers the first F/A-18 Hornet shipset
1982 First flight of the F-20 Tigershark, an advanced version of the F-5; this aircraft could be airborne 60 seconds after an alert, the fastest scramble time of any fighter in the world
1989 First flight of the B-2 stealth bomber, a descendent of Jack Northrop's flying wing design
1990 First flight of the YF-23, another aircraft with stealth characteristics that is unofficially known as Black Widow II
1991 The company receives the Robert J. Collier Trophy (with the Industry Team and the United States Air Force) for the design, development, production, and flight testing of the B-2 aircraft. The Collier Award is the most prestigious aviation award, annually given for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics

Timeline of Grumman

1930 Leroy Grumman, Jake Swirbul, Bill Schwendler, E. Clint Towl and Ed Poor start a new enterprise, Grumman Aeronautical Engineering Company, in an abandoned auto garage

1931 The XFF-1 is the first Navy fighter with retractable landing gear (which Grumman designed) and fully enclosed cockpit
1936 Grumman expands its operations to Bethpage, N.Y.

1940 First flight of the Grumman Wildcat incorporating the sto-wing design
1943 Grumman becomes the first aircraft company to receive the Navy "E" flag for production efficiency
1944 Grumman introduces the F6F Hellcat; Hellcat pilots account for 55 percent of all enemy aircraft destroyed by the Navy and Marines in World War II
1947 The Grumman F9F Panther jet prototype makes its first flight
1948 Leroy Grumman receives the Presidential Medal of Merit for wartime production
1952 First flight of the Jaguar, the first variable sweep-wing fighter
1960 The A6 Intruder attack aircraft prototype makes its first flight
1960 E-2A Hawkeye's first flight; this aircraft becomes the U.S. Navy's only airborne early warning and control platform

1963 First flight of the EA-6 Intruder, a naval attack aircraft operating from the carrier fleet
1967 The Vietnam War sees the A-6 Intruder, the world's only all-weather attack bomber used by Navy and Marine Corps squadrons. In the last days of the war, the F-14, in its first deployment with USS Enterprise, flies top cover during the evacuation of Saigon
1969 The Apollo Lunar Module carries man to the surface of the moon
1969 The EA-6B Prowler makes its first flight
1977 First flight of the EF111-A, designed to detect, sort, identify and nullify different enemy radars.
1988 Joint STARS prototype makes its first flight
1994 Acquired by Northrop Corporation; today it is part of the Integrated Systems and Information Technology sectors

Well anyway very detailed history of the companies that merged with them, and other stuff. Mods, please don't move this anywere else, because I don't think it will get any attention in less its in this forum.

posted on Aug, 27 2005 @ 03:21 PM
This might make a cool sticky if you get enough research put across with more links. Such as links to current projects or subsidiaries. Just what me thinks...

posted on Aug, 28 2005 @ 01:14 AM
Shortly after the creation of the company Lockheed Martin acquired the majority of Loral Corporation's defense electronics and system integration businesses for $9.1 billion. The remainder of Loral became Loral Space & Communications.

In 1998 Lockheed Martin abandoned plans to merge with Northrop Grumman due to government fears of the potential strength of the new group (Lockheed/Northrop would have had control of 25% of the DoD's procurement budget).

In 2000 Lockheed agreed to pay a $13m settlement to the US government for breaching the arms export control act. The company passed information to AsiaSat, a major shareholder of which is the Chinese government.

Lockheed Martin won the contract to build the Joint Strike Fighter in 2001 with its X-35 design. This is the most important fighter aircraft procurement project since the F-16, with an initial order of 3,000 worth $200bn before export orders.

In 2003 Lockheed Martin benefited from a USAF decision to punish Boeing for conducting industrial espionage against its rival. The USAF revoked $1bn worth of contracts from Boeing and awarded them to Lockheed Martin. The company sued Boeing in 1998 for stealing documents related to a military contract.

Lockheed Martin was formed by a "merger of equals". Below are examples of the products each company contributed to the current portfolio:

* Lockheed
o Trident missile
- The first trident missle was launched from a flat pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida, On January 18 1977
o F-16 Fighting Falcon
- Production line purchased from general dynamics in 1993
- First prototype started 13th December 1973
o F/A-22
- Development on the F/A-22 started in 1981
- The first test flights were in 1990
o C-130 Hercules
- First c-130 was delivered to the military in december 1956 as a large cargo and troop transport
- The c-130F was delivered to the US Marines as a refuling craft in 1960
- Was modified into the AC-130 Gunship which had its first test flight on 12/20/90
- This, or one of its variants it the plane saw flying overhead the pentagon after 9/11/01 which was speculated to have launched the cruise missle at the pentagon.
o DSCS-3 satellite
- Currently 10 phase 3 DSCS 3 Satellites are in orbit (as of 1999 one was scheduled for deployment in 2000)
- First one launched in 1982

* Martin Marietta
o Titan rockets
- The first titan base was on Lowry AFB in Colorado
- In the 1980s, in an Arkansas Titan II silo, leaking rocket fuel ignited and blew the 6,000 lb nuclear warhead out of the silo and several hundred feet away
o Sandia National Laboratories (management contract acquired in 1993)
- Established in 1949
- Missions of Sandia are:
- Ensure a safe, secure & reliable nuclear deterrent
- Ensure clean, abundant & affordable energy and water
- Reduce proliferation of weapons of mass destruction & threat of accidents
- Help protect our nation against terrorism through advanced technology
- Help maintain U.S. Military weapon-systems superiority
- Conduct R&D programs to support all national security missions
o Satellites
+ A2100
- Communication Satellite which is kept
- Over 24 A2100's currently in operation
+ Martin Marietta 3000
- The first 3000 codenamed Satcom 1 was launched on 12/13/1975
- 34 Martin Marietta 3000's are currently in operation
+ Martin Marietta 4000
- The first 4000 codenamed Satcom-K 2 was launched on 27/11/1985
- 30 Martin Marietta 4000's are currently in operation
+ Martin Marietta 8000
- No information on the 8000 is avalible at this time
+ Tiros-N meteorological satellites
- Television InfraRed Operational Satellite
- First launch was on October 13, 1978
- deactivated by NOAA on February 27, 1981
- Only 1 ever made

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posted on Aug, 28 2005 @ 01:34 AM
Boeing is the world’s leading aerospace company and the largest combined manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft. With additional capabilities in rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles, rocket engines, satellites, launch vehicles and advanced information and communication systems, the company’s reach extends to customers in 145 countries. In terms of sales, Boeing is one of the largest U.S. exporters. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, USA, Boeing employs approximately 151,000 employees in 48 American states and 67 countries, with major operations in the Puget Sound area of Washington State, southern California and St. Louis. Total company revenues for 2004 were $52.5 billion.

Things that Boeing makes or helps make:

Air Force systems -

* 737 Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C)
* KC-767 Tanker Programs
* Airborne, Maritime/Fixed Station Joint Tactical Radio System (AMF JTRS) * Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS )
* C-17 Globemaster III
* Combat Survivor Evader Locator (CSEL)
* Delta II
* Delta IV
* F-15 Eagle
* F/A-22 Raptor
* Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals (FAB-T)
* Global Positioning System (GPS)
* Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM)
* Joint-Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS) X-45
* Small Diameter Bomb (SDB)
* Transformational SATCOM Space Segment (TSAT SS)
* Wideband Gapfiller Satellite (WGS)

Army systems -

* Apache
* Chinook
* Future Combat Systems (FCS)
* Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Cluster 1

Missile Defense systems -

* Airborne Laser (ABL) and Advanced Tactical Laser (ATL)
* Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD)
* Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile (PAC-3)
* Arrow
* Avenger

Naval systems -

* F/A-18 Hornet
* Harpoon
* Standoff Land Attack Missile - Expanded Response (SLAM-ER)
* T-45 Training System
* V-22 Osprey
* Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft

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posted on Aug, 30 2005 @ 09:30 AM
The company started as a division of the agricultural machine business, Food Machinery Corporation (FMC), when they won a US government contract to build LVTs and became a weapon manufacturer during World War II. FMC later spun the defense business off as its own company.

In September 2000, UDI purchased Bofors Weapon Systems AB of Sweden, subsequently renamed Bofors Defence.

UDI was subject to a takeover bid by rival General Dynamics in 1997 but instead chose a (lower) bid from venture capital firm the Carlyle Group. The Carlyle Group floated the company in 2001 but retained a share of the company.

BAE Systems acquisition
On March 7 2005 UK-based defence contractor BAE Systems announced it was to acquire UDI for $3.974 billion (£2.1 billion). This followed expressions of interest from companies including Northrop Grumman.

BAE Systems' bid was refered to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to ensure there were no national security implications of the sale. The CFIUS granted approval of the deal in April 2005. BAE completed its acquisition of United Defense on June 24 2005 and announced plans to merge the company with its existing land systems businesses to form BAE Systems Land and Armaments. The new company will thus encompass:

United Defense (USA)
Bofors Defence (Sweden)
BAE Systems Land Systems
BAE Systems Land Systems (Bridging) Ltd (UK)
BAE Systems Land Systems (Munitions and Ordnance) Ltd (UK)
BAE Systems Land Systems (Weapons and Vehicles) Ltd (UK)
Land Systems Hagglunds AB (Sweden)
BAE Systems Land Systems OMC (South Africa


Wow BAE systems is huge, I think their be a pretty powerfull defense company and they defintly picked up a lot of contracts from united defense!

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