The U.S. Department of Defense awarded three small (in defense contracting terms) contracts to government contractor Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) on Friday, worth about $32 million combined. In descending order of size, they were:

  • $12 million: exercising an option to have Northrop Grumman Technical Services do unspecified work on Air Force LGM-30 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles at Hill Air Force Base in Utah through Sept. 29, 2014.
  • $10.9 million: in the form of a new firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to assemble, integrate, and install EA-18G systems emulation laboratory systems, electronic attack unit/communication countermeasures sets/ALQ-99 integration test systems, electronic attack unit/ALQ-99 integration test systems, and also ALQ-218(V)2 integration test systems in a small number of EA-18G Growler airborne electronic warfare aircraft. This contract should be complete by January 2017.
  • $9.2 million: as a modification to a foreign military sales contract to perform services -- apparently related to improving counterbattery fire capabilities -- at Forward Operating Base 101 in Afghanistan.