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11 Feb 03. Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE:NOC – News) Integrated Systems sector has been awarded a $112m modification to an existing contract for the U.S. Air Force multi-platform radar technology insertion program (MP-RTIP) to design and develop the airborne ground surveillance/cruise missile defense radar for the multi-sensor command and control aircraft (MC2A).

The MC2A is the Air Force’s next-generation wide area surveillance platform designed to provide a near real-time, horizontally integrated view of the air and surface battlespace through the use of advanced sensors such as the MP-RTIP radar. MC2A will be a key enabler of the national military anti-access strategy and will become a critical component of the joint cruise missile defense architecture.

Under the contract modification, the Northrop Grumman/Raytheon MP-RTIP industry team will adapt the MP-RTIP radar design to meet the requirements for the MC2A. The contract modification effort also includes the development of a prototype single string radar. The design phase contract period of performance is through final design review, which is planned for June 2004.

The industry team is led by Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems, El Segundo, Calif., and includes the company’s Electronic Systems sector, Baltimore, Md., and Raytheon Systems, El Segundo. The team was awarded a $303m contract in December 2000 for the first phase of the program, which calls for the design of a common modular, scalable radar system for future integration on advanced airborne manned and unmanned surveillance platforms for the United States and NATO.

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