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UAS engineers required at Northrop Grumman San Diego

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Northrop Grumman, is looking for 150 new UAS engineers reports Sign On Sandiego

The growing market for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has created 150 job openings at Northrop Grumman’s San Diego area plants, where the company develops such drones as Global Hawk, Fire Scout and the X-47B, a tailless plane designed to operate from aircraft carriers.

“These are new jobs, not replacement positions,” said Warren Comer, a Northrop spokesman. “And most of the openings are for engineers.”

The Pentagon is scheduled to cut the defense budget by $350 billion to $400 billion over the next decade, a figure that could roughly double if Congress doesn’t come up with adequate ways to reduce spending.

But the Pentagon has been investing in UAVs, which are comparatively inexpensive to operate and have been used effectively in such places as Afghanistan and Iraq. The aircraft also can be operated without risking the life of a pilot.

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