MEDIA ADVISORY, March 16, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) --
What: Ceremony to mark completion of first major component of EA-18G Growler, the U.S. Navy's next-generation electronic attack aircraft. When: Friday, March 18, 2005 9:30 a.m. ceremony Check-in at 9:15 a.m. Where: Northrop Grumman Corporation, El Segundo Aviation Boulevard at 120th Street (Turn west on 120th Street, then left on Hornet Way. Look for Lobby 1 on the right and park in marked stalls near lobby. Enter Lobby 1 for check-in.) RSVP: Jim Hart (310) 331-3616 (office) firstname.lastname@example.org Brooks McKinney (310) 331-6110 (office) email@example.com
Hundreds of Northrop Grumman employees will attend a ceremony in El Segundo on Friday, March 18, to celebrate completion of the first fuselage section for the U.S. Navy's next-generation, electronic attack aircraft, the EA-18G "Growler."
The employees will gather at the end of Northrop Grumman's aircraft assembly line for the ceremony. The centerpiece of the event will be an approximately 30-foot-long section of the EA-18G's center/aft fuselage with engine exhaust ducts and twin vertical tails.
The EA-18G is expected to begin replacing the Navy's EA-6B Prowler aircraft by the end of this decade. Northrop Grumman is principal subcontractor to The Boeing Company for the EA-18G, which is a variation of the combat-proven F/A-18 Super Hornet that Boeing and Northrop Grumman also produce for the Navy as the service's frontline carrier-based strike fighter.
Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems sector produces the center/aft fuselage and all associated subsystems for the F/A-18 and EA-18G. Each fuselage "shipset" is delivered to Boeing's production facility in St. Louis, Mo.
The F/A-18 and EA-18G programs help support 740 California businesses and more than 11,000 jobs, including approximately 1,500 at Northrop Grumman.