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West Chester site part of Navy Hawkeye planes work

A Northrop Grumman Systems location in West Chester Twp. will be the site of a small percentage of a new $3.2 billion contract with the U.S. Navy.

The award is a modification for work on 24 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye planes, a plane used as tactical airborne early warning system for American naval forces.

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Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Aerospace Systems, Melbourne, Florida, received the lion’s share of the $3,169,708,972 award.

But procurement of 24 full-rate production E-2D AHE aircraft will involve work in multiple locations.

One percent of the work will be performed in West Chester Twp., in Butler County, according to a Department of Defense announcement.

Twenty percent of the work will be performed in Melbourne. St. Augustine, Fla. will see 19 percent of the project, as will Syracuse, N.Y. Five percent will go to a site in Indianapolis, while several other sites across the United States will also divide work in small percentages.

One percent will go to a location in Independence, Ohio.

Work is expected to be completed in August 2026.

The Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

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