US-based aerospace component supplier Triumph Group has signed a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Northrop Grumman to increase the production of high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft system (UAS).

The new partnership will provide resources to facilitate sustained success of high-altitude, long-endurance UAS over the next five years.

According to the new deal, both the companies will support near-term delivery commitments, achieve knowledge transfer, and improve future quality and affordability for the programme.

“We are implementing multiple process and production improvements to significantly reduce flow days."

Northrop Grumman will help Triumph in its wing transition to production objectives on an interim basis to facilitate the increased production.

Both the firms have also agreed to jointly work to take further actions as necessary to meet or exceed the wing delivery plan.

Triumph president and CEO Dan Crowley said: “Northrop Grumman is a very important customer; and we are pleased to continue to partner with them by delivering high-quality, UAS-compliant wings.

“We are implementing multiple process and production improvements to significantly reduce flow days.

“We’re making important investments in tooling and talent to improve schedule, quality and cost for the systems.”

With the collaboration, both the firms aim to provide UAS for domestic and international customers by delivering high-quality, affordable, compliant wings on time.

Northrop Grumman provides new systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, and logistics, as well as modernisation and other services to the government and commercial customers worldwide.

In April, Triumph Group’s subsidiary Triumph Aviation Services Asia entered into a ten-year agreement with Batam Teknik to provide repair services, tooling, training, auxillary power unit (APU) test cell and certification assistance.

A subsidiary of Indonesia’s Lion Group, Batam Teknik currently has two aircraft firm orders at both Airbus and Boeing, collectively accounting for more than 600 narrow body aircraft.