Sustainment and Modernization

Sustainment and Modernization

Delivering uninterrupted mission readiness. Enabling mission success.

The goal of logistics, sustainment and modernization is uninterrupted mission readiness to enable mission success. Period.

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Keeping Fleets Flying Across the Globe

As a trusted partner for a wide-ranging portfolio of global customers, Northrop Grumman understands the complexity of our customers’ missions. Uninterrupted mission readiness is at the core of our approach: delivering information and capability to our customers that enable their platforms to perform at optimum levels for the long term. We have the expertise, we have the facilities, and we are innovating to efficiently and affordably ensure mission readiness is maintained at all times and around the world.

Northrop Grumman provides sustainment and modernization support for customers across the globe and on a wide array of platforms.

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Many Platforms, One Mission

Northrop Grumman has provided full lifecycle support on a wide array of platforms, programs and weapon systems for decades, with a proven history of delivering thousands of safe flying hours and keeping our customers’ fleets mission ready.

We provide sustainment and modernization support that includes: contractor logistics support and fleet stewardship; modifications and upgrades; mission planning, weapon systems development and pilot training; as well as software design engineering and integration solutions. 

Platform agnostic, we support autonomous, tactical, fixed wing and special mission aircraft systems and platforms, including:  Global Hawk; F-35 Lightning II; B-2 Bomber; A-10 Thunderbolt II; BACN E-11A; P-3 Orion and more.

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Delivering Program Excellence

Northrop Grumman has delivered heavy aircraft program depot maintenance (PDM) from our Aircraft Maintenance and Fabrication Center, located in Lake Charles, Louisiana for close to 30 years. The AMFC is the Northrop Grumman Center of Excellence for maintenance, repair, upgrades and overhaul of military aircraft, with hundreds of PDM on-time and on-budget deliveries to the warfighter. AMFC is home to 700 professionals who have performed over 15 million hours of direct depot maintenance work on numerous aircraft in support of customers across the globe.

Lake Charles by the Numbers
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Beyond the Platform

Northrop Grumman’s maintenance and sustainment work isn’t just limited to air platforms. We also deliver a broad array of support services for the systems that support these air systems and the missions they perform, including: ground systems, shelters, and radars; support and test equipment; network infrastructures; mission planning and pilot training; and, more.

How is Extended Reality XR Transforming Platform Sustainment?
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Harnessing Innovation to Maximize Availability and Affordability

We are investing in technology innovation to deliver improvements in operational efficiency, forecasting, performance and affordability.  We are pioneering digital transformation to automate processes, workflows and analytics to deliver improved digital logistics support and optimize supply chain management. We have automated and streamlined processes that track the full sustainment lifecycle to ensure transparency, accuracy and accountability.  We are leveraging virtual and augmented reality in our maintenance training and operations to improve efficiency, quality and performance and to reduce dependency on operational assets.  And, we utilize robust, accelerated engineering to enable and significantly reduce time on repair, maintenance and overhaul.

Learn more about Digital Transformation at Northrop Grumman
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Digitally Transforming Sustainment and Modernization

Speed and efficiency are differentiators when it comes to equipment maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade. The quicker you can address an issue on an aircraft or within a component, the sooner you can get it back into service. To overcome these obstacles, Northrop Grumman developed RACER™.

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Sustainment and Modernization in the News:

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Digital Sustainment Tools Enhance Mission Readiness

U.S. Navy’s E-6B Mercury aircraft taking off on runway

Northrop Grumman Selected by US Navy for Sustainment and Modernization of E-6B Mercury Aircraft

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NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Awards Sustainment and Training Support to Northrop Grumman

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Delivering Uninterrupted Mission Readiness with Sustainment and Modernization

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Lake Charles and A Tale of Resilience – One Magazine [PDF]

U.S. Customs and Border Protection P-3 Orion aircraft arrives at Northrop Grumman's Aircraft Maintenance and Fabrication Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana, for depot level maintenance.

Northrop Grumman’s Aircraft Maintenance and Fabrication Center Inducts First CBP P-3 Orion

LITENING advanced targeting pod on A-10

Northrop Secures $186M USAF IDIQ for A-10 Aircraft Engineering Services

Lake Charles Facility

Northrop Grumman $36M contract for B-52 work in Louisiana

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Northrop Grumman Takes $900 Million CBP Contract For P-3 Support

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Northrop Grumman Wins $750M Contract to Perform Upgrades, Modernization and Integration on the US Army’s Fixed Wing Airborne ISR Fleet

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Northrop Grumman Awarded BACN Platform Maintenance Contract for $265 Million

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