The company was notable in the 1940s for experimentation with flying wings; although a number of designs were flight-tested, only the B-2 stealth bomber of the 1980s ever made it to production and deployment.
Northrop Aircraft Corporation:
Northrop Corporation (I), later El Segundo division of Douglas:
Northrop's ambitions to be a major missile defense contractor got a huge boost in 2002 when it successfully acquired TRW, a move that Northrop CEO Kent Kresa said would also help the company's space profile.
Northrop spends a pretty penny on lobbying efforts, which during the 2000-2002 period totaled some $8 million.
In August 2003, Northrop settled a civil suit alleging that its shipbuilding unit overbilled the government $72 million.
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