Northrop Hiring Personnel For B-21 At Melbourne, Fla. Site

June 21, 2016
By Tony Capaccio

(Bloomberg) — Air Force director of Rapid Capabilities Office head Randall Walden, managing the largely classified B-21 bomber program, today discloses Northrop is hiring.

  • Walden mentioned Northrop hirings at Air Force Association event in Virginia
  • NOTE: Northrop in 2013 set up a “Manned Aircraft Design Center of Excellence” in Melbourne
  • “Due to B-21 classification guidelines, we have been instructed to not comment on where work will be performed,” company spokesman Randy Belote says in e-mail
  • Northrop Grumman advertising for mechanical engineers for analysis of landing gears, fuel and environmental control systems, aircraft vulnerability
    • Also advertising for propulsion experts “responsible for performing thermal analysis on engine bay, vent systems, exhaust system surfaces, system components interfacing with the propulsion system and surrounding” areas
    • Seeking engineers to design and test protection systems against electromagnetic interference and test for electromagnetic compatibility
      • EMI/EMC engineers must possess current Secret clearance and be capable of receiving high-level “Special Access Program” and higher security clearances, Northrop says in web job postings
  • NOTE: Walden during a question period defended his position that value of Northrop’s development contract not be disclosed saying figure is “too insightful for the adversaries to get a sense of what” the “U.S. can do in building that next generation of bomber”
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