Northrop Grumman in Europe

Northrop Grumman in Europe

More than 2,200 employees and significant long-established businesses in the region.

Never before has there been a more complex threat environment. As we look forward, the defence and security landscape is characterised by interconnectivity, interoperability, networked environments, pervasive ISR and the widespread use of unmanned systems. The key for the future is having the ability to be ‘eyes on’ through access to high-grade intelligence, comprehensive surveillance capabilities, and the ability to convert data to information rapidly and seamlessly and disseminate it to armed forces, national agencies and other international partners.

Northrop Grumman is involved in a range of future game-changing defence and security programmes. Whether this is as a partner in the F-35 Lightning II, providing the aircraft with much of its situational awareness and communications, as a leading specialist in large intelligence datasets, as a preeminent provider of High-Altitude Long-Endurance unmanned air systems, or as the natural ‘go to’ provider for truly open system architectures for battlespace networks communications, and command and control, Northrop Grumman has an unparalleled reputation as an innovator.

We may not always be visible, but Northrop Grumman’s technology is all pervasive, as is our commitment to building strong European businesses to serve our customers for the long term.

Today, different thinking is needed to deliver the required defence and security effect at minimum cost. Northrop Grumman is at the forefront of providing that different thinking: from creating dynamic communications nodes in the sky, using lasers to defeat ground-to-air threats and putting leading innovative aircraft radar technologies into ground-based air defence systems, to exploiting networks in cities for blue light service command and control, and taking unmanned air systems to unparalleled levels with the world’s first carrier-borne UCAV.

With our strong focus on cyber, C4ISR, unmanned systems, and logistics and modernisation, we are well-placed to meet the evolving capability requirements of our customers.

Key UK/Europe Programmes:

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Cyber & Intelligence

A customer with complex and sensitive data and information requirements required a mission partner who would quickly understand the context, deliver and sustain a portfolio of challenging technology projects at scale and pace and support the customer through an ambitious digital transformation programme. Northrop Grumman’s experience and excellence in Agile software development, DevSecOps, data science and our highly collaborative approach continues to deliver results.

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Making the World’s Oceans Smaller: Based on the proven Global Hawk UAS, Triton’s autonomous operations are supported by land-based command and control mission planners and sensor operators. Triton will be equipped with a unique and robust mission sensor suite that provides 360-degree coverage on all sensors, providing unprecedented maritime domain awareness.

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F-35 Lightning II

More than any aircraft that has gone before, the game-changing F-35 Lightning II is designed to be a node in the combat environment. The halo of connectivity that it provides ensures its ISTAR collector, strike, and ground support capabilities are second to none. As a principal partner for the F-35 not only do we provide much of the aircraft’s situational awareness, but also through our provision of the aircraft’s communications and battlespace networks capability, no-one is better placed to integrate F-35 into the battlespace. (Photo credit: Lockheed Martin)

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E-3D Sentry AWACS

Whole life support for the RAF’s fleet of E-3D Sentry airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft based at RAF Waddington.

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NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS)

The first fully NATO-owned and operated system will expand NATO’s joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability. It will also support a full range of NATO missions, including protection of ground troops and civilian populations, border control and maritime safety, the fight against terrorism, crisis management and humanitarian assistance after natural disasters.

Learn More About Northrop Grumman in Europe

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Northrop Grumman in Denmark

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Northrop Grumman in Finland

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Northrop Grumman in France

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Northrop Grumman in Germany

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Northrop Grumman in Italy

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Northrop Grumman in the Netherlands

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Northrop Grumman in Poland

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Northrop Grumman in Portugal

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Northrop Grumman in United Kingdom

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Nick Chaffey is the chief executive for Northrop Grumman in the U.K. and Europe. In this position he supports the company’s current programmes, develops strategies for growth and identifies new business opportunities for the company’s activities in the U.K. and Europe, including NATO countries. Chaffey has more than 25 years of experience in the defence and security industry. He joined Northrop Grumman from PA Consulting Group where he was the founder and lead for PA’s Global Defence and Security Business, and previously the Global Head of Consulting Services. Prior to that he spent six years in the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors at the Ministry of Defence.

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