Northrop Grumman Company History Timeline

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In 1998, a merger between Northrop Grumman and competitor Lockheed Martin was considered but abandoned after resistance from the Department of Defense and Department of Justice.


On March 19, 1999, Northrop Grumman announced to restate its fourth-quarter results downward to a net loss because of problems related to its dealings with start-up satellite launch company Kistler Aerospace Corp.

Data Procurement Corporation (1999) — Providers of IT services and support to the DoD and various intelligence agencies.

In 1999, the company acquired Teledyne Ryan, developer of surveillance systems and unmanned aircraft, California Microwave, Inc., and the Data Procurement Corporation.


Comptek Research Incorporated (2000) — A supplier of electronic warfare and information dominance technologies.

Federal Data Corporation (2000) — A leading systems integrator and supplier of information technology.

Sterling Software Incorporated (2000) — Provider of information technology services to defense and intelligence agencies.

In 2000, NG acquired Federal Data Corporation, Navia Aviation As, Comptek Research, Inc., and Sterling Software, Inc.


During the acquisition process, a new Delaware holding company, NNG, Inc., was formed, which merged with Northrop Grumman through a one-for-one common shares exchange in April 2001.

On November 1, 2001, Northrop Grumman restated its third-quarter profit after stopping work on two ships for American Classic Voyages, which filed for bankruptcy protection.

Aerojet General’s Electronics and Information Systems Group (2001) — Manufacturer of spaceborne sensors for early warning, weather and ground systems; builder of smart weapons technology.

In 2001, the company acquired Litton Industries, a shipbuilder and defense electronics systems provider for the United States Navy.


XonTech (2003) — Science and technology firm specializing in missile defense, and sensor and intelligence data analysis.

Illgen Simulation Technologies (2003) — Specialist in software development and test, navigation and communications.


On January 1, 2006, Northrop Grumman opened its business sector called 'Technical Services'. Northrop Grumman and Boeing collaborated on a design concept for NASA's upcoming Orion spacecraft (previously the Crew Exploration Vehicle), but the contract went to rival Lockheed Martin on August 31, 2006.

In 2006, Northrop Grumman had intended to bid for the United States Air Force's Next-Generation Bomber.


Essex Corporation (2007) — Provider of signal processing services, products and advanced optoelectronic imaging for intelligence and defense.


In July 2008, three of four Northrop Grumman employees (Thomas Howes, Marc Gonsalves and Keith Stansell) were freed during Operation Jaque after five years of captivity following their aircraft crash in the Colombian jungle.

3001 International (2008) — Provider of geospatial data production and analysis, including airborne imaging, surveying, mapping and geographic information systems.


In November 2010, NASA selected Northrop Grumman for consideration of potential contract awards for heavy lift launch vehicle system concepts, and propulsion technologies.


In July 2013, Northrop Grumman won a training-simulation contract potentially worth $490 million to support the United States Air Force's next-generation aerial warfare virtual-training network.

From 2013, Northrop Grumman participates in the DARPA Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (TERN) program, and received $2.9 million for Phase 1 and $19 million for Phase 2.


Qantas Defence Services Pty Limited (2014) — a provider of integrated logistics, sustainment and modernization support primarily in Australia.


Northrop Grumman was one of two teams competing for the Long Range Strike Bomber, and in October 2015 won the contract for the Long Range Strike Bomber.

In October 2015, the US Military announced it had awarded Northrop Grumman the contract for the successor to the B-1 and B-52, subsequently identified as the B-21.


In September 2017, Northrop announced its intention to acquire missile and rocket manufacturer Orbital ATK Inc for $9.2 billion: $7.8 billion in cash plus $1.4 billion in net debt.


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Falls Church, VA
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Jack Northrop,Leroy Grumman
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