US Army awards $750m SEMA support contract to Northrop Grumman

7 December 2017 (Last Updated December 7th, 2017 12:38)

The US Army has awarded a $750m contract to Northrop Grumman to support its special electronic mission aircraft (SEMA) fleet.

US Army awards $750m SEMA support contract to Northrop Grumman
Northrop will perform upgrades on the US Army’s SEMA fleet. Credit: Northrop Grumman Corporation.

The US Army has awarded a $750m contract to Northrop Grumman to support its special electronic mission aircraft (SEMA) fleet.

As part of the contractor lifecycle services deal, Northrop will perform upgrades, modernisation and integration on the army’s SEMA fleet of 75 fixed-wing airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft.

The airborne ISR fleet includes the RC-12X Guardrail airborne signals intelligence (SIGINT) system, the enhanced medium altitude reconnaissance surveillance system and airborne reconnaissance low variants.

The EO-5, RC-12 and B-300 aircraft classified as SEMA provide real-time intelligence collection in peace and wartime environments, the US Army stated.

“Our lifecycle services and cutting-edge collection of capabilities not only ensure the aircraft is mission capable today, but also well into the future.”

Northrop Grumman Technology Services global logistics and modernisation vice-president John Parker said: “We understand SEMA aircraft and the important and unique role it plays in the collection of actionable intelligence around the world.

“Our lifecycle services and cutting-edge collection of capabilities not only ensure the aircraft is mission capable today, but also well into the future through an offering of innovative improvement and modernisation solutions.”

The contract requires the company to provide programme management, systems engineering and modification, supply chain management, and aircraft modifications and elective upgrades.

Work under the contract will be carried out in collaboration with King Aerospace and M1 Support Service.

The high-level aircraft services contract has a one-year base period and eight option years. This will extend the contract term to 2027.