SAN DIEGO, Aug. 20, 2003 (PRIMEZONE) -- The U.S. Navy has selected Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) to continue providing tactical communication, network, test systems and services that assure that tactical data link systems operate effectively and efficiently. These systems provide the capability to communicate information to enable network-centric warfare operations.
Northrop Grumman's Information Technology (IT) sector provides these products and engineering services to the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Washington, D.C. The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract has an initial award value of approximately $6 million, with a ceiling of over $29 million during its five-year period of performance, if all options are exercised. This contract is also used as a contract vehicle for purchase of specific systems by all U.S. services and foreign military sales. This follow-on contract was first awarded in June 1991, and extended in May 1996.
"Network-centric warfare provides warfighters critical real-time situational awareness during combat operations," said Barry Rhine, president, Defense Mission Systems, Northrop Grumman IT. "Northrop Grumman IT's systems provide and validate joint and coalition interoperability. Not only the U.S. Navy, but all services, and coalition partners, benefit."
The NAVSEA contract provides a vehicle for U.S. and foreign military services to purchase Northrop Grumman IT's proven data link and interoperability systems at fixed prices. The numerous data links and standards supported include Link 11, Link 16, Link 22, United States Message Text Format, Standard Interface for Multiple Platform Link Evaluation, and Joint Range Extension.
The multiple link test and training tool and derivatives simulate data link network operations and analyze the results of how systems under test perform. Connectivity devices enable networking not only of local systems, but also systems at geographically remote locations, via standard telephone lines, networks and tactical interfaces. Link management systems oversee live network operations and provide the ability to plan and design networks, evaluate network operations and manage communications problems of participating units.
"We are pleased to continue to provide this vital capability for the nation's military communication systems," said Mike Twyman, vice president, Communication and Information Systems Division, Northrop Grumman IT. "The systems the company provides make the net work."
Work on the contract will be performed at the Northrop Grumman IT facility in San Diego, Calif.
Northrop Grumman Information Technology, headquartered in Herndon, Va., is a trusted IT leader and premier provider of advanced IT solutions, engineering and business services for government and commercial clients. The company's expertise spans such areas as information systems integration; information technology security; command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR); homeland security; enterprise hardware and software solutions; training and simulation; base and range support; signals intelligence; health informatics; space systems; and specialized scientific, engineering and technical services.
Members of the news media may receive our releases via e-mail by registering at: http://www.northropgrumman.com/cgi-bin/regist_form.cgi
LEARN MORE ABOUT US: Northrop Grumman news releases, product information, photos and video clips are available on the Internet at: http://www.northropgrumman.com . Information specific to the Information Technology sector is available at: www.it.northropgrumman.com/index.html
CONTACT: Juli Ballesteros Northrop Grumman Information Technology (703) 713-4675 firstname.lastname@example.org