Northrop Grumman has awarded Orbital ATK a potential 5-year, $90 million contract to manufacture aircraft composite parts in support of the U.S. Air Force’s B-2 Spirit aircraft modernization effort. Orbital ATK announced that it will produce seventeen hot trailing-edge structures and provide non-recurring engineering services for B-2 bombers. The contract includes an option for follow-on orders.
The B-2 is designed to support the U.S. military’s strike arsenal and help penetrate enemy defenses and heavily defended targets. Steve Earl, Vice President and General Manager of Orbital ATK’s Aerospace Structures Division, stated that the partnership with Northrop seeks to help extend the lifespan of this model.
Production of the composite materials will commence later this year at an Orbital ATK facility in Dayton, Ohio. The company’s aerospace composites business uses robotics automation to accelerate the manufacturing cycle for complex components.