BERLIN – Dec. 4, 2023 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and Rohde & Schwarz signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the Berlin Security Conference in Germany to collaborate on future resilient communications systems across Europe, including multifunction technologies and upgrades for 5th-to-4th generation aircraft interoperability.

This MOU addresses current and future challenges to connect European and U.S. assets in the air, ground, sea and space domains and establishes a framework that enables the parties to:

  • Strengthen technology development for more resilient, trusted secure multifunction capabilities to connect platforms across domains. 
  • Enable collaboration on strategic multi-domain connectivity for air-to-air and air-to-ground communications and to integrate with ground-based air defense systems.
  • Develop new opportunities that complement each party’s strengths, delivering best-of-breed solutions in support of Germany’s National Security Strategy, NATO goals and European Union Defence objectives.


Adil Karim, vice president, strategy and mission solutions, Northrop Grumman: “Working together with German industry underscores the importance of rapidly developing solutions that European forces need today. This collaborative framework brings together decades of experience needed to protect our allied defense forces against today’s multi-layered threats.”

Hansjörg Herrbold, vice president, secure communications, Rohde & Schwarz: “Interoperability between existing and next generation platforms is an essential success factor for the development of European Security and Defence capabilities. With our large footprint in ground and air based communication systems, we are looking forward to connecting the most advanced platforms by bringing together both companies’  experience and capabilities.”

Northrop Grumman and Rohde & Schwarz Sign MOU to Support Multi-Domain Operations and Interoperability in Europe
Stefan Pleyer, vice president, avionics, Rohde & Schwarz; Alexander Philipp, managing director, Rohde & Schwarz Vertriebs-GmbH; Adil Karim, vice president, strategy and mission solutions, Northrop Grumman; and Ahmed Selim, global director, business development, Northrop Grumman, sign a Memorandum of Understanding at the Berlin Security Conference on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023 to support multi-domain operations and interoperability in Europe. (Photo Credit: Rohde & Schwarz)

About Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman is a leading global aerospace and defense technology company. Our pioneering solutions equip our customers with the capabilities they need to connect and protect the world, and push the boundaries of human exploration across the universe. Driven by a shared purpose to solve our customers’ toughest problems, our employees define possible every day.

About Rohde & Schwarz

Rohde & Schwarz, is a global leader in the design, development and production of latest generation RF radio equipment and secure communication solutions for military and commercial applications in the land, sea and air domain. For 90 years, the global technology group has pushed technical boundaries with developments in cutting-edge technologies. The company's leading-edge products and solutions empower industrial, regulatory and government customers to attain technological and digital sovereignty.