RESTON, Va., June 2, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a contract modification to transform the company's Command and Control Personal Computer (C2PC) into a core component of the Joint Tactical Common Operating Picture (COP) Workstation (JTCW), allowing operation in the future net-enabled environment and greater interoperability for the warfighter.

Under the 18-month $30 million contract modification awarded by U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., Northrop Grumman will begin migrating C2PC to an open, services-oriented architecture required for it to be transformed into the JTCW Client and Gateway. The Marine Corps expects to begin fielding JTCW in 2010. It will provide ground forces units above battalion level with consistent situational awareness, complementing Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below, which provides friendly forces situational awareness at company-level and below for platform-based and handheld systems.

"Since its inception, C2PC has enjoyed one success after another. Now the future U.S. Marine Corps versions will be renamed 'JTCW Client and Gateway,' beginning a new life as a core JTCW system," said Kristopher Brawn, Northrop Grumman's C2SD program manager. "Migrating this combat-proven technology to an open, services-oriented architecture will allow it to operate in the future net-enabled command capability environment, will allow for greater interoperability and continued evolution, and will provide warfighters much more agility in consuming, distributing and using information. And all that while still operating in a Global Command and Control System environment."

Northrop Grumman's Windows-based C2PC is a mobile, interoperable system capable of operating in a low-bandwidth, intermittent communications environment. It displays the military's common operating picture from a Global Command and Control System-based server or tactical data from other C2PC workstations. Initially developed for the U.S. Marine Corps, C2PC has been adopted by all U.S. military services, U.S. Coast Guard and the Defense Information Systems Agency and has been fielded to military bases around the world.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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