ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., Nov. 6, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- The Royal Netherlands Air Force today announced the selection of Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) third-generation LITENING Advanced Targeting (AT) system for their F/A-16 Advanced Targeting Pod upgrade program.
Under the terms of the contract, Northrop Grumman will deliver 20 targeting pods and spares to the Royal Netherlands Air Force beginning in 2007, with final deliveries in 2008.
"This win for Northrop Grumman is especially gratifying because it marks the second time LITENING AT has been selected internationally after a comprehensive, in-depth competitive analysis that reviewed all advanced targeting pods in use by the U.S. Air Force as well as the best foreign advanced targeting system," said Mike Lennon, vice president of Targeting and Surveillance programs for Northrop Grumman's Defensive Systems business unit. "LITENING AT offers advanced technology, unique features, high reliability and proven worldwide support coupled with a demonstrated ability to easily integrate emerging technologies, all at a very competitive price and delivery schedule."
To date, over 470 LITENING pods have been ordered by the U.S. Air Force and allied nations. More than 360 of the systems have been fielded, the largest number of any advanced targeting and sensor system. LITENING is combat proven on AV-8B, A-10, B-52, F-15E, F-16 and F/A-18 aircraft. Together, all variants of the LITENING AT pod have amassed approximately 560,000 flight hours, with more than 253,000 of these hours posted in combat arenas.
With this contract award, the Royal Netherlands Air Force joins the U.S. and Royal Australian Air Force, Spanish Air Force and Italian Air Force to enable expanded LITENING AT operational use by coalition forces.
Northrop Grumman's LITENING AT system is a self-contained, multi-sensor weapon aiming system that enables fighter pilots to detect, acquire, auto-track and identify targets for highly accurate delivery of both conventional and precision-guided weapons. LITENING AT features advanced image processing for target identification; coordinate generation for GPS weapons; a 640 x 512 pixel forward-looking infrared sensor for effective day and night operations; a new 1,024 x 1,024 pixel charge-coupled device (1k CCD) television sensor; a new dual waveband infrared laser designator and range finder; a laser spot tracker; an infrared laser marker; and an optional air-to-ground data link and digital video recorder.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense company headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. Northrop Grumman provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in systems integration, defense electronics, information technology, advanced aircraft, shipbuilding and space technology. With approximately 120,000 employees and operations in all 50 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.
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