MELBOURNE, Fla., Jan. 8, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) received a $256 million contract for the E-10A Multi-Sensor Command and Control aircraft. The contract covers design and analysis of the E-10A Technology Development Program (TDP) through Initial Design Review, which is scheduled for May 2007.

The E-10A TDP integrates Northrop Grumman's Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program Wide-Area Surveillance sensor and Northrop Grumman's Battle Management Command and Control (BMC2) mission suite into an airborne system that provides a combination of cruise missile defense, ground moving target tracking, and dissemination of time-critical data.

"The E-10A TDP is designed to test the next-generation wide area surveillance system, which is designed to provide advanced integrated ground and air surveillance targeting capabilities available to the warfighter," said Dave Nagy, vice president of Northrop Grumman's Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance Programs. "The system would also provide a BMC2 force multiplier that detects, classifies, characterizes and reports cruise missiles and surface targets to joint forces within a networked multi-sensor command and control constellation environment.

"The Air Force vision for this next-generation BMC2 capability is to tailor it for use in multiple nodes within the command and control environment," said Nagy. "Not only will their approach save money over the long term, it will also promote much better interoperability across the joint ISR architecture."

The E-10A program is managed by Air Force Material Command's Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.

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