WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2008 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is displaying several Army C4ISR (command, control, communications, computers and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) systems during the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) 2008 Symposium and Exhibition, being held through Wednesday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Northrop Grumman is exhibiting at booth number 2003.
Northrop Grumman is a leading provider of C4ISR systems and technologies across the entire C4ISR domain -- sensors and sources, situation awareness, and decision support -- that enable or produce effects in support of its customers' missions.
At AUSA, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems sector, which focuses on C4ISR capabilities, is featuring the Command Post Platform (CPP); Battle Command Product Line (BCPL); Airborne Signal Intelligence Payload (ASIP) Product Line; Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS); Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV); and Aerial Common Sensor (ACS).
Northrop Grumman has delivered more than 485 CPPs -- high-tech tactical operations centers used by brigade-level battlefield commanders to direct operations and control forces for deployment to Army units worldwide. Northrop Grumman is displaying the CPP Light system model, which gives soldiers the mobility required for full-spectrum operations coupled with the added protection and expediency provided by operating out of fixed facilities.
BCPL is a major Pentagon initiative to leverage Northrop Grumman's Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2)-Blue Force Tracking (BFT) software product line across ground and air platforms within the tactical battlespace, lowering lifecycle costs, reducing fielding schedules, and improving interoperability and product quality. At the exhibit, Northrop Grumman and the Army are demonstrating a next-generation transceiver for the BFT 2 network that will significantly increase bandwidth for soldiers.
Northrop Grumman successfully demonstrated the capabilities of a communications intelligence sensor package derived from its ASIP product line aboard the Army's RC-12 Guardrail Aircraft earlier this year. ASIP was originally developed as the Air Force's modern signals intelligence payload for deployment on the U-2 and Global Hawk platforms and has successfully transitioned to platforms like the RC-12.
Northrop Grumman was recently awarded phase one of the IBCS program, which will provide air and missile defense warfighters the advantage of full situational understanding and the tools needed to effectively carry out their mission. The 11-month contract is valued at $15 million. IBCS will establish a network-centric system-of-systems solution for integrating sensors, shooters, and battle management, command, control, communications and intelligence systems for Army air and missile defense. The program is expected to be fielded by 2014.
Bringing its C4ISR expertise to a vehicle platform, Northrop Grumman is teamed with Oshkosh Corporation on the JLTV program, which will replace the Humvee for the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps. The Northrop Grumman-Oshkosh JLTV features diesel-electric drive, a unique approach that provides more power, enables higher performance, provides better protection, and is easier to maintain. Diesel electric also generates enough exportable power to run a field hospital, tactical operations center or any number of battlefield systems.
Northrop Grumman's exhibit also features its approach to the future Aerial Common Sensor (ACS) program, an airborne collection and exploitation system that will provide commanders in theater and troops on the ground with a net-ready, survivable and sustainable, multi-sensor persistent tactical surveillance capability. When operational, ACS will allow commanders to see first, understand first, act first and finish decisively. Northrop Grumman is currently leading an industry team pursuing this program.
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