Air Force to award Northrop contract to modernize Global Hawk fleet

By Sara Sirota / October 9, 2019 at 1:43 PM

The Air Force intends to pay Northrop Grumman as much as $4.8 billion to develop, modernize and sustain all RQ-4 Global Hawk variants, according to a notice released today.

The service's program office expects to award an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract covering fiscal years 2021 through 2025. The notice does not say when the agreement is likely to be finished.

Several efforts are currently underway to upgrade the Air Force's Global Hawk fleet, including ground station modernization and the MS-177 sensor integration.