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August 02, 2023

Northrop Withdraws from USAF NGAD Program

Boeing and Lockheed to Vie for Next Generation Fighter Contract

Northrop Grumman, the American multinational aerospace and defense technology concern, has withdrawn from contention as a prime contractor for the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation fighter program. Conversely, the storied aerospace marque has surpassed a milestone along the B-21 Raider’s lengthy and tortuous path toward its first flight. Northrop’s withdrawal from the next-generation fighter competition—as announced by company CEO Kathy Warden during a second-quarter 2023 earnings call—leaves Boeing and Lockheed-Martin as the remaining bidders vying for opportunity to build the fighter aircraft at the heart of the USAF’s Next Generation Air Dominance

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