Northrop Grumman and EADS will build
the new Eurohawk unmanned aircraft at Northrop's Moss Point
facility, according to U.S. Sen. Trent Lott.
Northrop Grumman announced Feb. 1 that its venture with EADS won
a $559 million contract to provide the German military with
unmanned reconnaissance planes.
Northrop said the German Ministry of Defense selected the
EuroHawk GmBH to replace its existing reconnaissance fleet of
Breguet Atlantic aircraft, which have been in service since 1972.
Lott, R-Miss., said Friday that Northrop Grumman decided to
build the Eurohawk in Moss Point. Northrop also has shipyards in
Pascagoula and New Orleans.
Gemma Loochkartt, spokeswoman for Northrop Grumman's Integrated
Systems, said the Eurohawk is based on the Globalhawk, which is
currently being built at the Moss Point facility. She said the
first Globalhawk fuselage is expected to roll out from the Moss
Point plant March 1.
Loochkartt said the contract calls for Northrop Grumman and EADS
to produce five demonstration aircraft, according to a
The fuselage will be completed at the Moss Point facility. Once
the fuselage is completed, construction will move to Palmdale,
Calif., where the aircraft will complete assembly.
Once the aircraft is assembled, Loochkartt said it will be
shipped to Europe, where EADS will add the signal and intelligence
payload to the assembled Eurohawk.
The first Eurohawk is scheduled for delivery in 2010. The other
four Eurohawk prototypes are scheduled to be delivered between 2011
Loochkartt said she did not know how many additional employees
will be added to the Moss Point assembly lines as a result of the
"That hasn't been determined," Loochkartt said. "But, as
production rolls along, we will determine how many mechanics and
engineers we need to add."
Moss Point Mayor Xavier Bishop said the new project is good for
"I think it further solidifies the area as a technology
corridor," Bishop said.
Bishop said the project gives momentum to area leaders attempt
to diversify the economy by adding high tech projects, such as
aerospace, to Jackson County's traditional mix of heavy industry.