Firebird Cancellation Ends Northrop’s Dream Of Disruption

Firebird aircraft taxies
A Firebird aircraft taxies during a flight test in Southern California in 2020.
Credit: Northrop Grumman
Northrop Grumman has suspended current operations of the Firebird optionally piloted vehicle program, closing the book on a 12-year quest to challenge the crewed and uncrewed platforms that have dominated the market for medium-altitude surveillance missions for decades. The suspension of the program...
Steve Trimble

Steve covers military aviation, missiles and space for the Aviation Week Network, based in Washington DC.

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