SAN DIEGO, Aug. 12, 2009 -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) a contract to develop a simulation model for the Multifunction Advanced Data Link (MADL) waveform. The modeling activity will enable the Air Force to devise improved tactics for use in anti-access environments.

MADL is a high data rate, low probability-of-intercept (LPI) and low probability-of-detection (LPD) communications link. It allows coordinated tactics and engagement capabilities between low-observable platforms. The advanced tactical data link will offer a significant increase in operational effectiveness for fifth-generation aircraft operating in high-threat environments. The Department of Defense's Joint Requirements Oversight Council has approved MADL for all low-observable platforms.

"We are creating the MADL waveform as part of our role in the F-35 program developing the integrated communications, navigation and identification subsystem," said Roger Fujii, vice president of Network Communication Systems for Northrop Grumman's Information Systems sector. "MADL was designed from the ground up to meet the demanding requirements of the F-35 warfighter in LPI, LPD and high-jamming situations -- when you don't want to be seen or heard. This contract is an important step for the DOD to develop enhanced MADL capabilities to meet the additional enterprise needs for multiple defense platforms and advanced airborne networking."

Northrop Grumman received the contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome Research Site, Rome, N.Y. Program management and technical direction will come from the Air Force Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. Under the contract, the company will define, design and develop a simulation model based on the MADL waveform the company is developing for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program. Northrop Grumman will also work closely with Air Force Simulation and Analysis Facility (SIMAF) at Wright-Patterson to develop and integrate a traffic generation and routing functionality for testing MADL capabilities in airborne networking scenarios.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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