Northrop Grumman announces layoffs in Md., Va.

Northrop Grumman on Wednesday notified about 60 people, primarily in Maryland and Virginia, in its electronics systems segment that they will be out of jobs at the end of the month.

In October, the aerospace and defense contractor announced it was cutting its electronic systems staff by up to 350 positions.

About 280 people accepted voluntary buyouts, but "the number of volunteers did not reduce our headcount to the extent required," Jack Martin Jr., a Northrop Grumman spokesman, said Wednesday.

In addition to Maryland and Virginia, layoffs will occur "in California, Illinois and elsewhere," he said. The company is not providing a state-level breakdown of the layoff numbers.

In Maryland, Northrop Grumman's electronic systems division has facilities in Linthicum, Annapolis, Sykesville and Elkridge, Martin said.

"The workforce reduction action is intended to improve the overall affordability of our products, systems and the infrastructure that supports them to enable us to remain competitive in the defense industry going forward," Martin said.

Just over a year ago, Northrop Grumman eliminated 700 jobs in the sector through buyouts and layoffs.

The electronics systems sector, which makes equipment such as airborne radar and navigation systems, employs 7,150 people in Maryland and about 17,300 worldwide.

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