WASHINGTON — Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems announced March 30 it is splitting its space and airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) business into two separate divisions, one focused on space ISR and the other on airborne ISR and targeting.

“This strategic realignment of our ISR business activities will better position the company for a broad and exciting portfolio of future growth opportunities in both the airborne and space domains,” Gloria A. Flach, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, said in a prepared statement.

Joseph J. Ensor will serve as vice president and general manager of the newly created Space ISR Systems division, overseeing operations in Maryland, California and Colorado, the press release said. Michael E. Hinkey will lead the Airborne ISR & Targeting Systems as vice president and general manager.

Northrop Grumman said it broke ground last July on a Maryland Space Assembly and Test facility in Linthicum. The facility, expected to be completed this year, will allow the company to increase its space payload production, most of which traditionally has been classified.


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