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The Northrop-Grumman Corporate Factbook

09-04-2004, 20:03
Motto: "Defining the Future"

Pre- NationStates History

The Beginning
Northrop Aircraft, Inc. founded in 1939 by John Knudsen Northrop, a skilled and innovative designer, focused during its first few years on designing flying wing aircraft and producing planes that were used during World War II. It received its first post-war work in 1946 for what would become the SM-62 Snark, the first operational intercontinental guided missile. The missile had a range of more than 5,000 miles and carried a 7,000-pound warhead. The first operational Snark arrived in January 1959, and 51 were delivered over the next two years.

Northrop also built the SX-4 research airplane (later the X-4) for the U.S. military and the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). The plane flew from December 15, 1948 until 1953, testing tailless and semi-tailless configurations at transonic speeds. Project results demonstrated that tailless aircraft were unsuited for transonic flight.

Into the Jet Age
The first major Northrop aircraft of the 1950s was the F-89 Scorpion, a heavily armed, all-weather fighter-interceptor and one of the world's first jet fighters. The F-89 program began in March 1945, and the first plane flew in August 1948. Deliveries to the Air Force began in July 1950. Its "J" model of 1957 was the first aircraft to fire an air-to-air nuclear missile. Three hundred fifty "J" models became the Air Defense Command's first fighter-interceptors to carry nuclear weapons. Northrop produced a total of 1,052 F-89s in all versions, securing Northrop a position as a major combat aircraft supplier for the Cold War era, even though for a time, they were Northrop's only production aircraft. The F-89 was John Northrop's last aircraft, and he left the company at the end of 1952.

In the mid-1950s, the U.S. Air Force required a trainer to better prepare student pilots for the latest aircraft that then were coming into service. It chose Northrop's T-38A Talon, which became the Air Force's first supersonic trainer. The prototype first flew on April 10, 1959, and the Air Force ordered more than 1,100 between 1961 and 1972, when production ended. Upgrades will allow it to be used until 2020. A similar plane, the F-5 Freedom Fighter, evolved from the T-38. This lightweight fighter entered service in 1964. Northrop developed several versions of the plane, which have been used by militaries in 31 countries as well as by the United States. More than 1,000 were built.

In 1959 Northrop Aircraft changed its name to Northrop Corporation, reflecting its broader focus.During the 1960s, Northrop built the M2-F2, M2-F3, and HL-10 lifting bodies for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The idea behind these wingless aircraft was that they could be returned from space and guided to a specific landing spot. Used purely for research, they demonstrated the limitations of wingless aircraft and were important for the development of the future Space Shuttle orbiter. As a result of this research, NASA chose to develop an orbiter with wings.

Troubled Waters
In the 1970s, Northrop was implicated in bribery scandals much like those that had rocked the aircraft giant Lockheed. Investigations indicated that Northrop had aggressively offered payments in the amount of $30 million to foreign countries in exchange for aircraft orders and had not merely responded to solicitations or extortion. The company was also convicted in May 1974 of making illegal contributions totaling $476,000 to the Nixon presidential campaign. Although the company's chief executive, Thomas V. Jones, was forced out after these and other improprieties, he returned to the company several times before he finally retired in September 1990.

The Age of Modern Warfare
Northrop continued improving the design of the F-5 and rolled out the F-5E Tiger II in 1972. The first delivery to the Air Force took place in April 1973, and 112 Tiger IIs were purchased. The top training schools in the Navy and Air Force used the Tiger II as "enemy" aircraft in combat training. Export orders were also strong.

While working on the F-5, Northrop began designing a higher-performance successor. By 1970, this design had evolved into the P-530 Cobra, recognizable by its two vertical tails that slanted outward. Northrop submitted an adaptation of this plane to the Air Force for its Lightweight Fighter competition. From the four competitors, the Air Force selected the aircraft company General Dynamics and Northrop each to build two prototypes under the designations YF-16A (General Dynamics) and YF-17A (Northrop). The General Dynamics design was selected for production as the F-16, with an initial order of 650 planes and another 348 for export.

Meanwhile, the Navy had been directed by Congress to adapt an existing design to replace the McDonnell F-4 Phantom II fighter and the Vought A-7 Corsair II attack plane. The successor Naval Air Combat Fighter (NACF) led to adaptations of both General Dynamics' YF-16 and Northrop's YF-17. McDonnell Douglas teamed with Northrop and became the prime contractor on the NACF. Northrop agreed to the arrangement because the larger McDonnell Douglas had more experience with carrier-based aircraft. In 1976 McDonnell Douglas-Northrop won over the General Dynamics team. The new plane was produced as the F-18 fighter and the A-18 attack plane. The two were soon combined and went into production as the F/A-18 Hornet. So although Northrop had originally developed the design for the F/A-18 when it was still the YF-17, it became the major subcontractor on the project, producing the center and aft fuselage, twin vertical tails, and associated subsystems.

In 1979 Northrop developed an advanced version of the F-5 and named it the F-20 Tigershark. This plane could be airborne within 60 seconds after an alert, the fastest scramble time of any fighter in the world. However, two of the first three planes crashed, and the program was terminated in 1986. Northrop lost $1.2 billion on the project.

First U.S. Stealth Aircraft
John Northrop's dream of a flying wing resurfaced in the late 1970s when Northrop began work on a proposal for a new plane with stealth technology. In 1980, when company designers had drawn the new plane, the Air Force brought the ailing Jack Northrop, confined to a wheelchair, to see the drawings of the secret "stealth" bomber, which strongly resembled his B-35 flying wing of the early 1940s, perhaps vindicating his vision. In October 1981, Northrop received the contract for the Advanced Technology Bomber, a long-range heavy bomber with low-observable technology, beating out a design submitted by Lockheed. For the next seven years, the project remained shrouded in secrecy while work continued amid cost overruns and delays. Not until April 20, 1988 did the U.S. Air Force release a painting of the B-2 bomber. A few months later, on November 22, 1988, the first B-2 was rolled out at Palmdale, California. Its first flight occurred in 1989.

16 Takeovers in 8 Years
In 1994, Northrop Corporation acquired the aerospace firm Grumman Corporation, forming Northrop-Grumman Corporation. The new company set out to transform itself from primarily a producer of military aircraft, of prime importance in the Cold War era, to a defense electronics and systems integration company better suited for the environment of the 1990s and 21st century, while still retaining its capabilities in military aircraft systems.

A series of acquisitions followed the merger. In 1994, Northrop-Grumman added the remaining 51 percent of Vought Aircraft Company, an aerostructure producer, to the 49 percent that Northrop had acquired in 1992, increasing its capabilities as a builder of aircraft structures. It held Vought until 2000 when it was sold back to Carlysle Group, the previous owners of Vought.

In 1996, Northrop-Grumman acquired the defense electronics and systems business of Westinghouse Electric Corporation. In August 1997, Northrop-Grumman and Logicon Inc., an information technology company, merged. In 1999, the company acquired Ryan Aeronautical, focusing on uncrewed aerial vehicles.

In April 2001, Northrop-Grumman acquired Litton Industries, a major information technology supplier to the federal government. The acquisition also added shipbuilding to Northrop-Grumman's array of capabilities. In October 2001, it purchased Aerojet, a major aerospace/defense contractor specializing in missile and space propulsion, and defense and armaments. In November 2001, it acquired Newport News Shipbuilding Inc., creating the world's largest naval shipbuilder.

At the end of 2002, Northrop-Grumman became the nation's third largest defense contractor - an $18-billion global aerospace, shipbuilding, and defense company with almost 100,000 employees. In 2002, it acquired TRW for $10.7 billion.

Nationstates History

On January 9, 2003, John Knudsen Northrop's grandson, John Davis Northrop, was named the company chairman, chief executive officer and president. Later that year, Northrop-Grumman became the target of an antitrust investigation by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Worried that the company might be broken up, Northrop-Grumman moved all of its facilties and employees to a large island in the Corporate Islands. On December 28, 2003, it formed a nation out of the island, the Republic of Northrop-Grumman.

The Controversal War
A few years later, Northrop-Grumman joined a few members of the international community to condemn Commorargh because his slave trade. After he refused to abolish his slave trade, a coalition of nations, namely The Fedral Union, CornixPes, and Northrop-Grumman, publicly declared war on him. The war turned out to be the most controversial in all of Northrop-Grumman's history. When the outcome proved to be a stalemate, the protests came to a head and Northrop-Grumman plunged into a period of isolation.

An Era of Peace
After the war, Northrop-Grumman decided to become a more peaceful nation by staying away from most international conflicts. The nation felt it could do more good by joining a few alliances namely the Legion of Defense and the New Nations Alliance, later renamed the League of Hanseatic States. Also, seeing the rise of new storefronts, Northrop-Grumman determined that it could create a conglomeration of companies to provide everything from navy carriers to automobiles.

Into The Future
During the 1990's and into the beginning of the new century, Northrop-Grumman built experimental aircraft for the United States. In 2000, Northrop-Grumman won a contract to build the new F-302 spacefighter. From then on the company began to work side by side with Stargate Command in Cheyenne Mountain to build the all new BC-303 battlecruiser. After the company left the U.S. in 2003, it still maintained its research and construction facilities in Colorado. A few years later when the U.S began to collapse, Northrop-Grumman made an offer with the SGC that if the entire SGC agreed to leave the U.S. then the company would evacuate all of the SGC personnel and materials including the Stargate to a new facility in Northrop-Grumman with no rank changes or pay reductions. The SGC agreed and was evacuated using 7 of Northrop-Grumman's C-17s. Using all of the SGC's documents, the company began research with the Stargate to build an exact duplicate for selling. It succeeded and the company never revealed that they did not invent the gate. After accomplishing this the company began to build battlecruiser after battlecruiser.

The Colonies
After Northrop-Grumman began building spacecraft, it turned its focus to colonies on other worlds. First was P3X-719, then P4X-582, and lastly Chimmera. P3X-719 became the home of the new General Walter P. Ellis Fleetyard.

End of an Era
A few years later, Northrop-Grumman was holding its annual D10 conference where all the subdivisions and military leaders all converge to hold a large scale meeting in the capitol city of Caprica City. During this conference the Earth Spacedock owned by the company, lost power, and entered the atmosphere. After entering the atmosphere, it crashed into Caprica City, completely destroying 1600 cubic miles of land, and killing 325 million.

Location: Corporate Islands
Area: 17,100,200 sq. km
Terrain: Fertile plains near the southern coastal regions, mountains near the central region, and lush forests in the northern regions
Climate: Temperate
Natural Resources: Oil, iron ore, timber, copper, aluminum, titanium, uranium, gold
Land Use
Arable Land: 43%
Forests: 32%
Other: 25%

Population:about 1,805,000,000
Life Expectancy:
Male: 95.2 years
Female: 97.6 years
Literacy: 100% - Federal law states that all citizens must be able to read

Country Name
Long Form: The Conglomeration of Northrop-Grumman
Short Form: Northrop-Grumman
Abbreviation: NGC

Capital: Caprica City
Administrative Divisions: 5 sectors
Day of Formation: December 28, 2003
National Budget: $22,234,839,505,200

Executive Branch
Chief of State & Head of Government: President Jack O'Neill
Elections: None

Legislative Branch
Country is now under martial law.
Elections: None

Judicial Branch
Supreme Court (its nine justices are appointed for life by the president); Northrop-Grumman District Courts; State and County Courts
International organization participation:
Council of the Air Powers (CAP)
Extra Solar Union of Systems - Restored (ESUS)

GDP: $54,463,266,618,896
GDP - per capita: $30,173
Unemployment Rate: 4.77%
Labor Force: 1,191,348,484
Industrial production growth rate: 3%
Electricity - Production: 203.574983 trillion kWh
Electricity - Production by Source:
Plasma: 96%
Hydroelectric: 2%
Naquadah: 1%
Other: 1%
Electricity - Consumption: 220.484933 trillion kWh
Oil - production: 92.152 million bbl/day
Oil - consumption: 91.978 million bbl/day
Agriculture - products: wheat, corn, other grains, fruits, vegetables, cotton; beef, pork, poultry, dairy products; forest products; fish
Exports - commodities: defense products, utilities
Currency: Northrop-Grumman Dollar
Currency code: (NGD)
Exchange Rates: (OOC: any nation who would like to tell me what their exchange rate for our dollar, will be added here)
Fiscal year: June 1 - May 31

Telephones - main lines in use: 1.123 billion
Telephones - mobile cellular: 959 million
Telephone system:
general assessment: a very large, technologically advanced, multipurpose communications system
domestic: a large system of fiber-optic cable, microwave radio relay, coaxial cable, and domestic satellites carries every form of telephone traffic; a rapidly growing cellular system carries mobile telephone traffic throughout the country
Radio broadcast stations: AM 1,464, FM 7,749, shortwave 22
Television broadcast stations: 2,120
Internet country code: .ngc
Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 1 (Northrop-Grumman Internet Communications Network)
Internet users: 1,079,340,087

Railways: 416,074 km mainline routes
total: 8,735,356 km
paved: 7,238,567 km (including 90,422 km of expressways)
unpaved: 1,496,789 km
Waterways: 1,238 km
Airports: 18,790
Heliports: 256
Spaceports: 21
09-04-2004, 20:04

Stargate Command Forces Compostion

Stargate Command Personnel
135 Technicians
400 Soldiers

Stargate Unit Personnel
50 Units
500 Soldiers

Stargate Fighter Wings
7 Squadrons
175 F-302s
175 Pilots
175 RIOs

Stargate Armored Assault Forces
10 Armored Divisions
250 M577 Armoured Personnel Carriers
3,000 Soldiers
500 APC Crew
10-04-2004, 03:09

New Newport News Shipyards
Originally in Newport News, Virginia, it was moved in 2003 to its present location outside of New Newport News.

General Walter P. Ellis Fleetyard
In orbit above the colony of P3X-719, the General Walter P. Ellis Fleetyard is the main builder of all battle cruisers sold by Northrop-Grumman.

Caprica City
Caprica City is the capital of Northrop-Grumman. Population - 150 million

Wilmington Motor Speedway
Wilmington Motor Speedway can accommodate more than 143,000-seated guests and thousands more in the 212-arce infield.
2.66-mile tri-oval
48 feet wide (12-foot apron)
Banking: 33 degrees
Length: 3,750 feet
Radius: 1,100 feet
Banking: 18 degrees
Chute length: 2,150 feet (from turn to middle of trioval)
Total length: 4,300 feet
Banking: Minimal for drainage only
Length: 4,000 feet
Banking: Minimal for drainage only
Pit Road:
Length: 3,000 feet
Width: 48 feet
Garage Area:
2 garage areas (spaces for 108 cars)
Total acreage: Approximately 2000 acres
10-04-2004, 20:09
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Alcona and Hubris
10-04-2004, 20:10
Did you move your Pasagula MS. ship yards?
Tasty Foods
10-04-2004, 20:11
10-04-2004, 22:12
Did you move your Pasagula MS. ship yards?
Yes, we did.
Drizzts Army
10-04-2004, 22:28
I have to say very good there Northop.
11-04-2004, 05:54
I have to say very good there Northop.
Thank you.
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