MOSS POINT — Northrop Grumman Corp. has started work on five drones to be delivered to NATO.
Jim Edge, with NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance Management Agency, and other leaders were on hand yesterday at Northrop’s Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point for the start of production on the first drone.
The Mississippi Press reports that Edge told the gathering that there is “a crying need” for the capabilities that will be provided by the five unmanned aircraft.
In May 2012, Northrop secured a $1.7-billion contract to build five of the unmanned aircraft for NATO.
The aircraft are modeled after Northrop’s Block 40 Global Hawk drones and come equipped with an advanced ground surveillance radar sensor.
The Moss Point center will build fuselages for the aircraft.