Northrop Grumman, Andøya Space ink MoU to support Norway’s defense plan

Northrop Grumman Corporation and Andøya Space have officially joined forces through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to bolster Norway’s Long Term Defense Plan.

Their focus lies in enhancing autonomous maritime intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance technologies to align with Norway’s strategic goals.

This collaboration aims to spark innovation, spur economic development, and position Andøya as a prominent player in autonomous technology worldwide.

Jane Bishop, vice president and general manager, global surveillance, Northrop Grumman said on the development: “Our partnership with Andøya Space marks a pivotal moment in our commitment to advancing autonomous capabilities together with Norwegian industry. As Norway considers its options for safeguarding its interests in the High North, Northrop Grumman and Andøya Space are ready to shape the future of advanced autonomous systems by leveraging the MQ-4C Triton to meet the needs of today and the future.”

Andøya Space CEO Ketil Olsen, meanwhile, noted that Andøya Space and Northrop Grumman have a long and pioneering history within the aerospace industry.

“This collaboration will help find robust technological solutions to Norway’s needs and challenges in the north when it comes to maritime surveillance, safety and security,” Olsen said.

Northrop Grumman, renowned for its technological prowess and role as a premier systems integrator, provides dependable solutions tailored to meet the national security requirements of its clients.

Among its notable contributions are the MQ-4C Triton, a sophisticated maritime intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance asset designed for both the U.S. Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force.

The Triton stands as a pinnacle in its field, offering advanced capabilities that support various missions such as maritime patrol, signals intelligence, and search and rescue operations. Its persistent surveillance data equips force and fleet commanders with valuable insights, enabling them to anticipate adversary actions, improve planning strategies, and enhance collaborative military responses and operations.

Situated in Andøya in northern Norway, Andøya Space stands as a stalwart in the aerospace industry, boasting over sixty years of operational excellence.

Fueled by a proactive mindset, Andøya Space serves as a vital partner to scientists, engineers, and governmental bodies, facilitating a spectrum of activities including flights, launches, tests, research endeavors, educational initiatives, and inspirational ventures.

Offering a comprehensive suite of services, Andøya Space specializes in launching sounding rockets, providing a launchpad for small satellites destined for polar and sun-synchronous orbits, and furnishing an advanced test range tailored for military applications.

Additionally, the company delivers solutions encompassing ground-based instrumentation, space education programs, and top-tier engineering services.


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