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Northrop closes in on international Firebird order

21st August 2020 - 15:30 GMT | by Tim Martin in London


Northrop Grumman has revealed it is preparing to announce a new Firebird optionally piloted MALE ISR aircraft order for an international customer.

Negotiations are under way to finalise the deal but the manufacturer was ‘not in a position’ during a 19 August virtual media briefing to share details about how many aircraft would be ordered, how the platform (or platforms) will be configured or delivery dates.

A recent series of manned Firebird flight trials lasting 45h in the Mojave Desert, Southern California, saw the aircraft involved in wide-area search, simulated high-value target tracking and overwatch operations.

The tests included integration

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Tim Martin


Tim Martin

Tim Martin is Air Editor for Shephard Media, based in Belfast. 

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