BALTIMORE, May 14, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Indra, a leading Spanish defense and information technology company, has signed a licensing agreement with Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), obtaining rights to manufacture and market Northrop Grumman's ASR-12 air traffic control radar system outside the United States.
The ASR-12 radar, designed and produced by Northrop Grumman's Baltimore-based Electronic Systems sector, is the most modern version of the company's ASR-9 radar. Both versions are used by air traffic controllers to monitor the approach, landing and departure of aircraft. The ASR-9 radar system is currently operating around-the-clock at 135 U.S. airports in addition to 18 airports in other nations. The solid-state ASR-12 radar is currently operational in six nations worldwide.
"This agreement signifies Indra's entry into the air traffic management primary surveillance radar market, reinforcing its position in this line of business," said Jesus Santos, Indra's surveillance director of Air Traffic Management Europe. "The ASR-12 complements our current integral offerings in the Air Traffic Management (ATM) market and extends value to air traffic authorities and suppliers by affording an opportunity for additional integration and greater national development."
Indra's air traffic management systems are currently fielded in 40 countries.
"This commercial airport radar licensing agreement represents a 'win-win' for both companies," said Thomas J. Chrzanowski, director of Air Traffic Management at Northrop Grumman. "Indra is superbly positioned to take an outstanding, proven air traffic control radar system and make it even more attractive in world markets with its own technology and manufacturing enhancements. Northrop Grumman stands to benefit from these product improvements with regard to potential radar system sales or upgrades in the U.S air traffic control market."
Indra is the leading Spanish Information Technologies and Defence Systems company and one of the most important in the European market with revenues of EUR1,385 M (aggregate revenues as per IFRS) at 2005. A solid technology base, permanent innovation, quality in processes and results, demanding management and the high degree of qualification of more than 18,000 professionals that work for the company are the pillars sustaining Indra's success. Its ATM systems are a world benchmark at first level. Indra has become an outstanding reference on the markets on which it operates, both nationally and internationally. With references in more than 70 countries on the five continents, approximately a third of the company's annual revenues come from the international markets.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 122,000 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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