Northrop puts out call for UAV engineers

Northrop Grumman's unmanned aerial vehicles business is booming, and the company plans to add 150 new jobs -- mostly for engineers -- at its San Diego area plants where the company manufactures the Global Hawk, Fire Scout and X-47B, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune.

In the tight budget environment, the Defense Department is heavily investing in UAVs, which are comparatively inexpensive to operate and play a key role in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations in Afghanistan and global hot spots.

Much of the company's current UAV growth involves an upgraded version of the Fire Scout, an unmanned helicopter that is designed to fly from any Navy ship that can take rotor or fixed-wing aircraft.

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