MELBOURNE, Fla., Feb. 12, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- The U.S. Air Force and the Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC)-led team developing the service's E-10A Multi-Sensor Command and Control Aircraft (MC2A) have successfully completed the program's systems requirements review (SRR).

The review, intended to ensure all system-level technical requirements have been completely identified, analyzed and understood by the customer/contractor team, was completed on Feb. 5. Northrop Grumman, who leads the industry E-10A weapon system integration team, hosted the two-week series of meetings at its Melbourne facility.

"We covered a lot of material, confirmed the program requirements and clarified all of the critical system issues," said Jerry Madigan, Northrop Grumman vice president for the E-10A. "This review completes a major program milestone and ensures the E-10A is on track and moving forward."

Government officials from the Air Force's E-10A system program office and system management office, the joint test force, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center and the Defense Contract Management Agency attended the SRR meetings. Industry participation included the E-10A weapon system integration team, which comprises Northrop Grumman, The Boeing Company and Raytheon; and the Northrop Grumman/Raytheon Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program (MP-RTIP) team.

The review also included presentations by Northrop Grumman, Boeing and Lockheed Martin, the three industry team leads competing for the MC2A's battle management command and control system (BMC2), which is scheduled to be awarded later this year. The teams presented their architectures in the context of an integrated weapon system design. Each BMC2 team also met in separate subsystem SRR sessions with the weapon system integration team and Air Force officials to confirm its understanding of the system requirements.

The next milestone for the E-10A program is the initial design review for the wide-body test bed, planned for June 2004.

Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems, the prime contractor for the E-10A weapon system integration and MP-RTIP programs, is a premier aerospace and defense systems integration enterprise. Headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., it designs, develops, produces and supports network-enabled integrated systems and subsystems for government and civil customers worldwide. Integrated Systems delivers best-value solutions, products and services that support military missions in the areas of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; space access; battle management command and control; and integrated strike warfare.

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