Report: Northrop Plans 400 New Jobs at New Aircraft Integration Center for Advanced Hawkeye, Other Aircraft

northrop-Grumman_BLUENorthrop Grumman will expand its aircraft production site near the Northeast Florida Regional Airport and plans to create 400 new positions there, The St. Augustine Record reported Saturday.

The publication reports that Northrop proposed to establish a 384,000-square-foot aircraft integration center of excellence at the St. Augustine plant, which is known for building the E2-D Advanced Hawkeye early warning aircraft.

 Northrop has been awarded $2.99 million in economic development grants for the project and the undertaking is expected to reach completion within a year, according to the article.

 The building will have avionics laboratory and space for tool fabrications, welding, automated riveting and ground support equipment, the report states.

 According to the article, the facility will also be built to modify F-5A/B and F-5E/F fighter planes and manufacture components for the T-38 trainer jet, B-2 bomber and EA-18G surveillance aircraft.

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