Northrop Grumman & Diamond to collaborate on ISR

written by australianaviation.com.au | June 2, 2014
A Diamond DA42 MPP Guardian in flight. (Diamond)
A Diamond DA42 MPP Guardian in flight. (Diamond)

Northrop Grumman has announced it has entered into a collaboration with Diamond Aircraft to develop new intelligence-gathering capabilities for the Canadian and international markets.

A company release says Northrop Grumman will establish a presence near Diamond Aircraft’s production facility at London International Airport in Ontario.

“Diamond Aircraft has a long history of superior design and manufacturing processes for propeller-driven general aviation aircraft,” Northrop Grumman’s vice president of medium range tactical systems, George Vardoulakis said in a statement. “Combined with Northrop Grumman’s leadership in manned and unmanned systems, we can pool our expertise to explore new opportunities for our customers worldwide.”

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Added Diamond Industries president and CEO, Peter Maurer; “Collaborating with Northrop Grumman is a great opportunity to bring high-value work to Southern Ontario and to develop new Canadian products for domestic and international markets. We’re very excited to move forward in this long-term relationship.”

No information has been provided on what airframe the partners would be offering the ISR capabilities on. Diamond manufactures a range of light single and twin composite aircraft, and has sold nearly 100 of its DA42 MPP Guardian light ISR aircraft to military and para-public organisations around the world.

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