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Northrop Grumman Showcases Joint C4ISR Capabilities At Symposium


RESTON, Va., Sept. 17, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) will showcase joint capabilities and programs across the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) spectrum Sept. 18-20 at the C4ISR Acceleration joint symposium in Atlantic City, N.J.

Northrop Grumman has extensive experience in systems integration and expertise with a broad array of C4ISR platforms, technologies, services and capabilities. The company works in close partnership with its military customers to provide technology today that also supports current and future systems, including systems directly supporting the Global War on Terrorism and the future evolution of Army C4ISR platforms.

The Northrop Grumman display will include the Battle Command Product Line, a major Pentagon initiative to leverage Northrop Grumman's proven Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2) software product line across ground and air platforms within the tactical battlespace, improving interoperability, lowering lifecycle costs, reducing fielding schedules, and improving interoperability and product quality.

The company will also demonstrate its innovative Command and Control Framework (C2F), a Northrop Grumman initiative to develop a service-oriented architecture that will support network-centric operations by empowering warfighters to more easily integrate disparate command and control systems, potentially saving the U.S. military time and money and dramatically improving interoperability among the military services and coalition forces.

Northrop Grumman will also feature its Virtual Training System, a computer game-based capability to train deploying soldiers in the identification and avoidance of improvised explosive devices, track individual and unit performance, and make information readily available to unit leaders. This system supports remote, real-time updates to the training scenario.

Also on display are Frequency Hopping Multiplexer, Distributed Common Ground System-Army and Vehicular Intercommunication System.

Northrop Grumman's Frequency Hopping Multiplexer (FHMUX), was developed for the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command to enable four Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System tactical radios to operate via a single antenna. The FHMUX simultaneously reduces the antenna signature of command vehicles and mitigates interference from co-located transmitters and receivers. FHMUX is currently in production and supported with more than 3,000 systems deployed by the Army, Navy and international customers.

The Distributed Common Ground System-Army (DCGS-A) is part of the U.S. Department of Defense's Distributed Common Ground/Surface System (DCG/SS) family of systems. The DCGSA V4 Mobile System is based on the incorporation and migration of up to 11 "program of record" systems into one singular multi-intelligence system with immediate fielding to the brigade combat teams. The Northrop Grumman team is proceeding on time and on schedule in building the V4 Mobile system using a combination of new and existing software builds. Software and hardware are tailored by echelon and scaleable to the requirements of each mission, task, and purpose. DCGS-A V4 will be the first intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance enterprise supporting network-centric enterprise services at all Army major echelons with significant equipment footprint reductions.

The Vehicular Intercommunication System (VIS) provides clear, noise-free communications between crew members inside combat vehicles and externally over as many as six combat net radios. AN/VIC-3 was developed and qualified for the Army as the new standard intercom and a direct replacement for use in all AN/VIC-1 equipped vehicles. Selecting from the broad range of modules, headsets and cabling, VIS can be tailored to accommodate virtually any vehicle application. The active noise reduction features of VIS provide significant improvement in speech intelligibility, hearing protection and vehicle crew performance. Extended system reliability and availability results through advanced design, built-in test, continuous performance monitoring and ease of maintenance.

The Northrop Grumman-led Army Communications-Electronics Command Lifecycle Management Command (C-E LCMC) Rapid Response contract, for which Northrop Grumman is a prime contractor, is a flexible, cost-effective, and easy-to-use award vehicle designed to provide government managers rapid access to a broad range of technical services and critical equipment needed to upgrade and support platforms and systems.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion 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.

CONTACT:  George I. Seffers
          Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
          (703) 345-8548

          Paul C. Cabellon
          Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
          (410) 765-7192

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