SAN DIEGO, July 21, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- The U.S. Navy has selected Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) to develop the Next Generation Command and Control Processor (NGC2P). The one-year contract, with four additional option years, is valued at $218 million if all options are exercised. Northrop Grumman has received $3.3 million to commence work on NGC2P.

The NGC2P system is a tactical data link (TDL) communication processor that provides warfighters with critical real-time information about friendly and enemy activity during combat operations. The program will upgrade fielded systems with additional TDL capabilities. NGC2P will be installed on Navy ships and the ships of allied nations.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to provide an integrated solution that will deliver the next generation of command and control data processing capabilities to Navy commanders," said Roger Fujii, vice president and general manager of the Network Communications Division for Northrop Grumman's Mission Systems sector. "This win is consistent with our goal of continuing to advance tactical data system capability and implementation throughout the services."

The contract was awarded by the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command on behalf of its organizational partner, the Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I). Under the contract, Northrop Grumman will develop, assemble, test, integrate and deliver the NGC2P systems, including all hardware, software and firmware. The company will also provide engineering and logistics services in support of the systems.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense and technology company whose 120,000 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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