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Northrop Grumman agrees to stay in Moss Point through 2023

Global Hawk (Photo source: Northrop Grumman) Global Hawk (Photo source: Northrop Grumman)

Jackson County has inked a long-term lease with Northrop Grumman that will strengthen Mississippi’s position as a leader in the production of unmanned aerial systems. The agreement extends the lease for the Moss Point Unmanned Systems Center to December of 2023.

The Jackson County Port Authority approved the resolution Wednesday, and it is expected to go before the county’s board of supervisors for final approval on Dec. 7.

“Northrop Grumman’s decision to extend this agreement is a testament to the company’s confidence in the economic development vision and leadership in Jackson County. We look forward to building upon our shared success with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems for years to come,” said board president Barry Cumbest.

Sen. Thad Cochran and Sen. Roger Wicker worked side-by-side with state and county officials to convince Northrop Grumman to extend the lease.

“Northrop Grumman is known globally for its superior aerospace products, and we are proud that they will continue to call Mississippi home for many years to come,” said Bryant.  “They develop some of the most advanced and sophisticated unmanned aerial systems in the skies today, and they are strengthening Mississippi’s position as an aerospace leader while protecting freedom around the world.”

The Moss Point Unmanned Systems Center, which began unmanned aircraft production in 2006, employs about 70 people in defense-related jobs.

“Northrop Grumman is an important partner for Jackson County and the state in creating good-paying jobs and encouraging economic growth,” Wicker said. “Its facility in Moss Point has produced unmanned aircraft such as the Global Hawk, which provides vital intelligence capabilities for our troops throughout the world.”

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