Northrop Grumman, the Falls Church, Virginia-headquartered American multinational aerospace and defence company, had issued a statement late on Tuesday saying that the American defence contraction had secured a $13.3 billion US Air Force contract, under the terms of which the world’s largest defence company, Northrop Grumman would be modernizing the United States’ long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles program.
In point of fact, latest contract between US Air Force and Northrop Grumman came forth as the US Defence Department, widely known as Pentagon, looks to a costly modernization of its soviet-era atomic weapons.
Northrop agrees to provide a fully-integrated weaponry system by 2029
Apart from that, according to the terms of the deal released on Tuesday, the contract, which would be including weapon system design alongside nuclear certification for Pentagon, would last eight and a half years, while the Falls Church-based defence contractor has been expected to deliver a fully-integrated weaponry system by end-2029.
In tandem, the Northrop-Pentagon deal over a modernization of the US long-range ballistic missiles which would be able to carry nuclear shells from one continent to another, comes over the heels of a sharply deteriorating relationship between Washington and Beijing what many analysts had begun to brand as an opening ceremony of another era of cold war, though the only difference this time would be an active presence of a tattering pandemic outbreak which has been ravaging parts of US and EU over six months.
Besides, addressing to a sheer optimism over the Northrop-Pentagon deal, the US Commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, General Tim Ray said in a statement followed by the announcement of the deal, “The increased accuracy, extended range and improved reliability will provide the United States a broader array of options to address unforeseen contingencies.
” Dragged by a surprisingly fewer number of aircraft deliveries last year that followed a mass-grounding of 737 Max, Boeing Co. had decided not to compete for US defence contracts on last December, eventually cementing the way for Northrop to secure the contract.