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Northrop Grumman teaming with Diamond Aircraft to build surveillance aircraft

Virginia-based defence firm will establish presence near Diamond Aircraft's facility in London, Ont.

OTTAWA—Northrop Grumman Corp. is teaming up with Diamond Aircraft Industries, Inc. on a new intelligence-gathering aircraft project it hopes to sell to the Canadian and international markets.

According to the Virginia-based defence firm, it will set up shop near Diamond Aircraft’s production facility at the London International Airport in London, Ont., as part of the collaboration.

“Diamond Aircraft has a long history of superior design and manufacturing processes for propeller-driven general aviation aircraft,” George Vardoulakis, vice-president of medium range tactical systems at Northrop Grumman, said in a statement.

“Combined with Northrop Grumman’s leadership in manned and unmanned systems, we can pool our expertise to explore new opportunities for our customers worldwide.”

Northrop Grumman said it hopes to leverage technologies from both companies to deliver more affordable products in less time.

“Collaborating with Northrop Grumman is a great opportunity to bring high-value work to southern Ontario and to develop new Canadian products for domestic and international markets,” said Peter Maurer, president and chief executive Diamond Industries.

“We’re very excited to move forward in this long-term relationship.”

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