Northrop Grumman Systems has received a $ 22 million contract amendment from the U.S. Navy to service the Navy’s newest unmanned helicopters. The San Diego-based company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman.
The deal, which was a modification of a previous contract, provides options for the procurement of software and engineering sustainability services, software support, logistics, cybersecurity and program-related engineering to support unmanned MQ-8 Fire Scout air systems.
The work is being carried out in San Diego, California and is expected to be completed in December 2021, according to contract announcements by the U.S. Department of Defense.
At the same time, the Navy suspended operations of all new MQ-8C Fire Scouts after two of the unmanned helicopters were involved in separate accidents less than a week apart.
According to Military.com, the Naval Safety Center recorded two separate breakdowns involving firefighters in mid-November. One occurred in Maryland on November 16 and the other six days earlier in California.
Both have been classified as Class A mishaps, which means the plane likely sustained at least $ 2.5 million in damage. The Navy has suspended all Fire Scout flights due to the incident.
“All MQ-8C flights and ground rotor rotations are on hold during the investigation,” said Jamie Cosgrove of Naval Air Systems Command.