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Northrop, EADS to Benefit From Growing European Drone Interest; Matt Copija Comments

Northrop, EADS to Benefit From Growing European Drone Interest; Matt Copija Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Northrop, EADS to Benefit From Growing European Drone Interest; Matt Copija Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting eventNorthrop Grumman Corp. and European Aeronautics, Defence and Space could receive another order for the Global Hawk used in Afghanistan and Libya due to increased European interest in intelligence gathering drones, said Northrop Grumman's Matt Copija.

Robert Wall reported today in Businessweek that EADS and Finmeccanica SpA have built five Global Hawks as part of NATO's $1.7 billion Alliance Ground Surveillance program.

Copija, Northrop's program director, said a sixth order may be on its way if Denmark rejoins the program and Poland signs on.

Germany has also reportedly expressed an interest in buying more Global Hawks with cameras and a radar for its air force.

NATO's 28 member countries help fund the long-term use of the drone and provide in-kind contributions, but only 13 countries are currently active participants in the AGS program.

“We are open to other nations,“ Copija said at the Berlin air show.

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Written by David J. Barton

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