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September 21, 2004
* Northrop Grumman Corp. got a $170-million award from the Air Force to extend its work developing a ground-surveillance aircraft that can track cruise missiles.
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August 18, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Northrop Grumman Corp., the last big-name aerospace company headquartered in Southern California, is headed out of town this week. The nation's second-largest military contractor, founded in 1939 by visionary aircraft designer Jack Northrop, is officially moving its main office to Falls Church, Va., on Monday. It is a milestone for the corporation that along the way absorbed big names like TRW Inc., Litton Industries Inc., Westinghouse Electronic Systems and Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical.
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BUSINESS
August 25, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
AlliedSignal to Buy Northrop Grumman Unit: The Morristown, N.J.-based aerospace, automotive and chemicals company said its aerospace unit agreed to buy Northrop Grumman Corp.'s precision products unit. The precision products business, based in Norwood, Mass., makes instruments and systems for military and space use. It had sales of about $56 million in 1994.
BUSINESS
April 28, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Two of the nation's largest aerospace companies reported rising profits in the first quarter despite a slip in revenue. Boeing Co. said its earnings climbed 13% and Northrop Grumman Corp. posted a 21% jump in profit. Northrop and Boeing are among the largest private employers in the state. Northrop has about 30,000 employees in California and Boeing has about 22,000. Each operates a large military-related business in Southern California. Northrop said Wednesday that it earned $496 million, or $1.67 a share, in the quarter, up from $410 million, or $1.34, a year earlier.
BUSINESS
January 6, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
Northrop Grumman Corp. created a new business unit to provide logistic and support services to the U.S. government including operating military bases and maintaining military aircrafts. The new unit, Northrop Grumman Technical Services, will be headquartered in Washington, D.C., and consolidates work that had been separately performed by Northrop's four main business units. About 10,000 people will work in the new unit, which will be headed by James L.
BUSINESS
October 11, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Century City-based Northrop Grumman Corp. and Chicago-based Boeing Co. have joined the list of major companies being sued for allegedly allowing their employees to be overcharged in their 401(k) retirement plans. The suits filed by St. Louis attorney Jerome J. Schlichter last month allege that the employers broke federal law by failing to ensure their workers are charged reasonable fees for management of the plans. Previously named in the suits were Lockheed Martin Corp., General Dynamics Corp.
BUSINESS
July 25, 2000 | Associated Press
Northrop Grumman Corp. completed the $843-million sale of its commercial aircraft structures business to Carlyle Group. The unit, with about 6,000 employees, builds fuselages for the Boeing 747 and other Boeing passenger jets at plants in California, Texas, Georgia and Florida, Century City-based Northrop said in a news release. In addition to the cash payment, Carlyle Group will assume about $400 million in unfunded retirement benefits.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Two employees of Northrop Grumman Ship Systems died in separate incidents at the company's New Orleans-area yard, authorities said. A 50-year-old employee in the company's insulation department was found unconscious Monday aboard a ship, according to a statement released by the company. Later that day, a piece of equipment fell on an employee, crushing him, a spokesman for the Jefferson Parish sheriff said. Both men were pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital.
BUSINESS
April 2, 1997 | (Bloomberg News)
Northrop Grumman Corp.'s B-2 bomber has been declared ready for combat by the Air Force. "This is the most up-to-date heavy bomber flying in the world today," said Kenneth Bacon, a Pentagon spokesman. Los Angeles-based Northrop Grumman has delivered 13 B-2s to Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. The stealth planes have undergone operational testing to ensure that they are capable of performing up to specifications.
BUSINESS
April 5, 2010 | By W.J. Hennigan
NASA has taken the next small step toward reshaping its future in space travel by awarding five contracts worth as much as $250 million to aerospace companies for researching and developing propulsion systems. Although NASA hasn't laid out how it will use such technology, officials from the contract winners -- three of which are based in California -- say they envision their work being used on a broad range of missions: sending research equipment deep into space; building thrust engines for robotic Mars landers; or developing boosters for spacecraft to explore far-flung asteroids.
BUSINESS
February 22, 2010 | By W.J. Hennigan
The multibillion-dollar competition to build aerial refueling tankers for the Air Force is expected to kick off this week as the Pentagon spells out its latest requirements to replace its aging fleet of Eisenhower-era aircraft. But there are already signs that the competition could be derailed once again. Century City-based Northrop Grumman Corp., one of the two contenders, has threatened to withdraw its bid, accusing the Air Force of writing specifications that favor its rival, Boeing Co. The latest specs for the tankers, which refuel warplanes in flight, are due out this week -- possibly as early as Tuesday.
BUSINESS
December 2, 2009 | By W.J. Hennigan
Northrop Grumman Corp. has stepped up its threat to pull out of a $35-billion competition to build aerial refueling tankers for the U.S. Air Force. In a letter to the Pentagon's top acquisition official Tuesday, Northrop President Wes Bush said the government's "request for proposal" that outlines requirements for the aircraft favors a bid by its rival, Boeing Co. If the terms are not changed, Northrop might not enter the competition to build 179 tankers, he said. "I must regrettably inform you that, absent a responsive set of changes in the final RFP, Northrop Grumman has determined that it cannot submit a bid," Bush said.
BUSINESS
October 22, 2009 | W.J. Hennigan
Northrop Grumman Corp. on Wednesday said it posted lower third-quarter profit because of higher pension expenses, but the results surpassed analysts' expectations and the company lifted its profit outlook for the year. In contrast, Boeing Co. said it lost $1.6 billion in the quarter, hurt by growing costs of two troubled plane programs that forced the airplane maker to slash its profit forecast. The world's second-largest commercial plane maker after Europe's Airbus, Boeing has struggled to launch its 787 passenger jet and a revamped version of its classic 747 jumbo jet. Production delays, parts shortages and last-minute fixes have cost the company billions in write-downs along with additional design and manufacturing expenses.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2009 | Julie Johnsson
The race to win one of the largest military deals ever awarded kicked off Friday, when Defense Department officials unveiled the arcane criteria they will use to purchase a fleet of aerial refueling tankers from Northrop Grumman Corp. or Boeing Co. But what was once a sprint has become a marathon as the Pentagon attempts for a fourth time to replace its fleet of 415 Eisenhower-era tankers through contracts expected to total more than $100 billion. The Air Force said it would be "crystal clear" in its requirements for new tankers to avoid errors from previous selection processes.
BUSINESS
August 20, 2009 | Bloomberg News
Northrop Grumman Corp. is selling a unit that advises military and intelligence agencies and may fetch as much as $2 billion, four people familiar with the matter said. Northrop hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Credit Suisse Group to solicit bids for the division, known as Tasc, said the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Among potential buyers are private-equity firms including Carlyle Group, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and Blackstone Group, the people said. The U.S. Defense Department was ordered by Congress this year to tighten conflict-of-interest rules on firms such as Tasc and is pushing to reduce its spending on outside consultants.
BUSINESS
July 24, 2009 | Associated Press
Northrop Grumman Corp.'s second-quarter profit dropped by 20% as the defense contractor said it was hurt by higher pension costs and higher estimates of costs to complete several ships being built in its Gulf Coast yards. The company, which makes military aircraft and defense electronics, said Thursday that it earned $394 million, or $1.21 a share, in the three months ended June 30, down from $495 million, or $1.44, a year earlier. Revenue rose 4% to $8.96 billion.
BUSINESS
April 23, 2009 | Peter Pae
Two of the nation's largest aerospace companies reported sharply contrasting first-quarter financial results Wednesday as Boeing Co. said its earnings fell by half while Northrop Grumman Corp. posted a 48% jump in profit. The results reflected the shifting fortunes of the two companies. Boeing, the world's largest maker of commercial aircraft, has been hit hard by a recession-induced slump in air travel that has reduced demand for new planes.
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