One local corporation that specializes in un-manned air vehicles is now building aircraft for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (N.A.T.O.). A global partnership has come to the Coast thanks to the Northrop Grumman Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point. Jim Culmo, the VP of High Altitude Long Endurance, says, "A great day here in Moss Point and we're very proud to have Moss Point be a part of Northrop Grumman and really support our programs." N.A.T.O. awarded the prime contract for the system last May during the annual summit meeting and construction has now begun in Moss Point. Culmo also says, "Ultimately, now today, we are starting to build aircraft. No more paper, so it’s going to be a great capability for our N.A.T.O. partners." Northrop Grumman has announced they will be constructing five unmanned air vehicles that will be used for N.A.T.O. surveillance.
James Edge, the General Manager for N.A.T.O. AGS, says, "N.A.T.O. is in partnership with industry. Europe is in partnership with America, so it’s a transatlantic venture and a relationship has to be developed there.” What this means for Moss Point and the Coast is that the facility is receiving international attention, which could lead to expansion of the facility. Culmo also says, "We have opportunities. International Korea, Japan, and Australia are all interested in the Global Hawk family of products." This expansion into unmanned aircraft is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. Governor Phil Bryant says, "You look at these U.A.V.s. They are going to be part of our lives. We will be adjusting to the world of U.A.V.s and how it makes our lives better."