Northrop Grumman not welcome at Badgerys Creek
NSW Premier Ms Berejiklian described Prime Minister Turnbull’s announcement that US defence corporation Northrop Grumman will be the first tenant in a new $50 million centre of excellence at Badgerys Creek airport as “the start of something really great.” Peace groups have responded by saying that western Sydney does not deserve such a corrupt and criminal corporation in its midst.
“Northrop Grumman has a record of supplying defective equipment, over charging, environmental pollution and more,” said Dr Hannah Middleton from the Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition in Sydney today.
The first major scandals in Northrop Grumman’s history came in the early 1970s, when the company was embroiled in controversies over illegal campaign contributions to Richard Nixon’s reelection campaign as well as some $30 million in bribes paid to foreign governments to win orders for fighter jets.
In 1989, Northrop was charged with falsifying test results on cruise missiles for the Air Force and Harrier jets for the Marine Corps. In 1990, the company agreed to plead guilty and pay a fine of $17 million.
In 1992 the company had to pay $4.2 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that the company padded its invoices on MX missile guidance system work.
In 1999, the company was sued for knowingly giving the Navy defective aircraft. Ten years later, Northrop Grumman agreed to pay $325 million to settle the suit.
In 2000 Northrop Grumman paid $1.4 million to settle a whistleblower case alleging that the company overcharged the Air Force for B-2 bomber instruction and repair manuals.
In 2003, the company was sued for overcharging the U.S. government for space projects. It later paid $111.2 million to settle out of court.
In 2003, Northrop Grumman agreed to pay $80 million to settle two cases, one involving the delivery of allegedly defective drones.
In 2004, Northrop settled for $1.8 million a case involving cruise missiles. The following year it paid $62 million to settle remaining claims relating to overcharging on the B-2 bomber program.
In June 2010 Northrop paid $12.5 million to settle charges that it neglected to test electronic parts it supplied for navigation systems in military aircraft and submarines.
In 2015 Northrop Grumman was cited for eight health and safety violations at its Lake Charles, Louisiana, worksite after it was discovered that workers were exposed while removing paint and repainting to methylene chloride and hexavalent chromium, hazardous chemicals with strict regulations regarding job safety.
“This is just a small sample of the armaments corporation’s shady dealings,” Dr Middleton said. “The company is not a good corporate citizen and is not welcome in our city.”
Contact Dr Middleton 0418 668 098