FARNBOROUGH 2002 AIR SHOW, FARNBOROUGH, U.K., July 21, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) recent delivery of the second ICAP III aircraft will enable the U.S. Navy to increase the tempo of the flight test program for the EA-6B Prowler advanced electronic warfare system.
Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems sector modified two fleet EA-6Bs in St. Augustine, Fla., for the ICAP III test program. The first test aircraft was delivered in November 2001 and it began flight-testing in May after a five-month evaluation of its ICAP III system in the anechoic chamber at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. The second joined the flight test activities in June. Both aircraft will be used for an operational assessment scheduled to begin later this year.
ICAP III, designed to overcome current and anticipated threat radar systems in adversaries' inventories, will be installed in the Navy's fleet of EA-6B Prowlers beginning in 2005. More importantly, ICAP III capability is the baseline for the Department of Defense's follow-on airborne electronic attack system of systems. A Defense Department panel has conducted an Analysis of Alternatives to follow-on candidate systems. The follow-on system will augment and eventually replace EA-6Bs in the department's inventory by 2015.
Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is a premier aerospace systems integration enterprise. Integrated Systems has the capabilities to design, develop, integrate, produce and support complete systems, as well as airframe subsystems, for airborne surveillance and battle management, early warning, airborne electronic warfare and air combat aircraft. It is also integrating these capabilities for emerging network-centric warfare concepts.
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