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Northrop Grumman awarded next-generation stealth bomber contract

Contract to bring jobs to Central Florida

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MELBOURNE – The Air Force announced Tuesday night that it has awarded its next-generation stealth bomber contract to Northrop Grumman, a leading global security company that provides advanced long-range strike systems.

"The Air Force has made the right decision for our nation's security," said Wes Bush, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Northrop Grumman. "As the company that developed and delivered the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, we look forward to providing the Air Force with a highly-capable and affordable next-generation Long-Range Strike Bomber. Our team has the resources in place to execute this important program, and we're ready to get to work.

The company has a 35-year partnership with the Air Force.

"This is great news for the Space Coast and Central Florida," Sen. Bill Nelson said. "It will mean an additional 1,000 high-paying engineering jobs over and above Northrop Grumman's 2,600 Melbourne employees."