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Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman is a major US weapons company with multiple sites in Massachusetts. Northrop Grumman sells extensive amounts of weapons and military technologies to Israel, as well as the US military and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Support for Israel

Northrop Grumman is deeply complicit in Israel's ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their homeland and theft of Palestinian resources. As reported by AFSC Investigate, Northrop Grumman developed manned aircraft missile systems, which the Israeli Air Force uses in its attacks on Palestinians. In collaborative ventures with Lockheed Martin (another major US weapons manufacturer), Northrop Grumman provides Israel with the Longbow System used in Israel's fleet of Apache AH64D helicopters. Similarly, Northrop Grumman collaborates with Lockheed Martin in the production of the F-35 fighter jets which Lockheed sells to Israel, with Northrop Grumman producing key parts for these F-35 (see also here and here). Northrop Grumman also produces parts used in F-16 fighter jets sold to Israel. Israel has used these F-16 jets, Apache helicopters, and other weapons systems containing Northrop Grumman component parts in its repeated attacks on densely populated areas in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as well as in Lebanon. In these attacks, Israel has targeted civilian homes, civilian infrastructure, and refugee camps (see: here, here, and here).

Support for the US Military

Northrop Grumman sells extensive amounts of weaponry and military technologies to the US military, and is deeply complicit in the global violence and destruction wrought by US imperialism. As reported by AFSC Investigate, Northrop Grumman made $12 billion through U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) contracts in FY2020, making Northrop the fifth largest US DoD contractor of FY2020. From 1997 to February 2022, Northrop Grumman derived a total of $139.1 billion through contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense -- $45.68 billion of which came from contracts for the provision of products and services to the US Air Force, $44.18 billion from contracts to serve the US Navy, and $18.85 billion from contracts to serve the US Army. As one recent example, in December 2021 the US Army awarded Northrop Grumman a $1.4 billion contract to develop the US Army’s new Battle Command System (the "Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System"). According to the US Army's statement about the contract, "Northrop will deliver up to 160 systems to the Army and foreign partners."

Support US Customs and Border Protection

Northrop Grumman is deeply complicit in the US government's regime of tracking, detention, and deportations of Black and Brown migrants. As reported by AFSC Investigate, in 2020, Northrop Grumman won a 10-year contract with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) worth a potential $896.1 million, to provide maintenance for US Customs and Border Protection's P-3 aircraft fleet. Prior to this contract, Northrop Grumman held a separate CBP contract from 2014-2019 worth $337 million, through which Northrop carried out work to modernize CBP's TECS database. CBP's TECS database "facilitates information sharing among federal, state, local, and tribal government agencies," and CBP uses this database for data organization to "support law enforcement 'lookouts,' border screening, and reporting for CBP's primary and secondary inspection processes." Northrop Grumman also provides CBP with drone-mounted military-grade radar system technologies, which CBP uses to track and surveil the movements of migrants along the US-Mexico border.

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