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23 Oct 03. Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) Mission Systems sector has been awarded two prime and two subcontractor contracts totaling $260m to support development of the U.S. Army’s Future Combat System (FCS) program.

The lead systems integrator team of The Boeing Company (NYSE:
BA) and Science Applications International Corporation selected the
Mission Systems sector as prime contractor on the Logistics Decision
Support System and the Network Management System. The sector also will
support Honeywell International on the Platform Soldier Mission
Readiness System and Austin Information Services as a subcontractor on
the Situation Understanding program.

“Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is honored to be part of this
important, consequential program,” said Donald C. Winter, president,
Northrop Grumman Mission Systems. “As the current leader in tactical
communications network development and tactical logistics systems
integration for the Army, we are confident we can help the FCS program
meet its key goals in advancing the Army’s transformational efforts.”
As prime contractor for the Logistics Decision Support System,
Northrop Grumman will conduct sustainment planning, assessment,
execution and monitoring services for Army elements and units
throughout the FCS unit of action. Work will include designing,
developing, integrating, testing and delivering logistical command and
control software for the FCS platforms.

The FCS Network Management Systems contract provides for
planning, faults, performance, security, spectrum and policy
management, and network communication services. The program involves
the design, development, test and delivery of the network management
software. Mission Systems’ selection as prime contractor for both
these systems establishes the company as a leader in the integration of
Army logistics systems and tactical communications.

“As the Army continues to transform into a network-centric
objective force, both network management and logistics decision support
systems will be critical capabilities of the Future Combat System,”
said Otto Guenther, vice president and general manager of the Mission
Systems Tactical Systems Division. “We’ve seen technology’s potential
in combat; improvements in transformational capabilities like tactical
command and control provided an overwhelming edge in Operation Iraqi

Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems, Integrated Systems,
Information Technology and Mission Systems sectors serve as either
prime contractors or subcontractors on 10 of the FCS program’s 21
concept and development teams. In addition to its four contract
awards, Mission Systems is also supporting the Information Technology
sector on the Training Support Packages contract and Integrated Systems
on the Class IV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle segment.
The teams’ work is expected to lead to initial production and
operational capability phases by the end of the decade. The FCS
contracts awarded to the company as a whole could exceed $450 million,
making Northrop Grumman the top contractor on the project.

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