New Miss. taxiway helps vertical takeoff aircraft

Northrop Grumman officials say completion of a new taxiway linking its aerospace center in Moss Point to Trent Lott International Airport means the defense contractor can begin flight testing a vertical takeoff aircraft that is used for military reconnaissance.

The Navy this week awarded Northrop a $5 million logistics support contract for the aircraft known as the Fire Scout, which resembles a helicopter. The contract includes options for three additional years that will total $19 million and is the first step to a long-term maintenance program.