Ballistic Missile Defense Contract
RESTON, Va., and MUNICH, Germany and MADRID, Spain, Aug. 31
/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Defense industry leaders Northrop Grumman
Corporation (NYSE: NOC), EADS and Indra have announced that they have formed
an international team to pursue a systems engineering and integration contract
that is a key part of the new NATO active-layered theatre ballistic-missile
This NATO ballistic-missile defense program will be the first to link the
assets of member nations into a multi-layered system that will effectively
protect deployed alliance forces against short- and medium-range ballistic-missile attack.
The winning team for the NATO systems engineering and integration (SE&I)
contract will design and operate an integration test bed in Europe that will
help NATO prepare its member-nations' assets for inclusion into this unified
theatre ballistic-missile defense system. Award of the contract is due in the
second quarter of 2006.
"The proliferation of missiles of all ranges presents a significant threat
to NATO nations and alliance forces," said Gary Abercrombie, vice president of
missile-defense programs at Northrop Grumman's Mission Systems sector. "The
Northrop Grumman/EADS/Indra team offers NATO unprecedented missile-defense
integration experience that's imperative to help NATO tie these systems
together and build this much needed defense. Together, the Northrop Grumman-led team of highly experienced engineers will meet the complex integration and
interoperability challenge of blending these NATO assets into a seamless
system to protect its forward-deployed forces."
"We are excited about this opportunity to team with Northrop Grumman and
Indra, and bring the full capabilities of EADS to the challenge of NATO
ballistic missile defence," said Dr. Stefan Zoller, chief executive officer of
EADS Defence & Security Systems Division. "We have a strong focus on
transatlantic cooperation projects and expect to expand this further within
our defence and security strategy."
"The active-layered theatre ballistic-missile defense is a critical
program where NATO and nations' resources must be addressed to generate an
effective and very complex system architecture," said Regino Moranchel,
Indra's managing director. "Superb blending of the Northrop Grumman team's
capabilities and successful experiences as partners and as individual
contractors in major NATO initiatives provide the best base to generate the
most adequate proposal to satisfy NATO's and nations' interest."
If chosen, the team will use the integration test bed as a platform to
integrate, test and verify the proposed architectures; develop and evaluate
theatre missile-defense concepts of operation; and test and evaluate the
different architectural capabilities as hardware and software become
available. In addition, the team will ensure integration and interoperability
among the various NATO components of the architecture from both a technical
and operational perspective. The test bed will also be used for performance
verification, using detailed modeling and simulation tools to ensure that the
actual missile defense performance will meet the requirements.
Northrop Grumman's experience in the U.S. missile-defense integration
market is vast. For the U.S. ground-based missile-defense shield, Northrop
Grumman is developing the highly successful battle-management system that
orchestrates each engagement and ties together the entire system. For 10
years, Northrop has been the prime contractor at the Joint National
Integration Center, the nation's premier missile-defense wargaming center.
Northrop Grumman is also leading an industry team to develop and test the
Kinetic Energy Interceptor system -- a land-based mobile boost/ascent-phase
missile-defense capability. Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor for the
Air and Missile Defense Workstation program, a decision dominance system that
was successful in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, where the
company developed and fielded the system for the U.S. Army from theatre level
through fire unit.
EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In
2004, EADS generated revenues of EUR 31.8 billion and employed a workforce of
about 110,000. EADS Defence & Security Systems Division, with revenues of
about EUR 5.4 billion in 2004 and roughly 23,000 employees across ten nations,
forms the defence and security pillar within EADS. It offers integrated
systems solutions to the new challenges confronting armed forces and homeland
security units. It is active in the areas of military aircraft, missile
systems, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems with manned and
unmanned aerial vehicles, battlefield management systems, defence electronics,
sensors and avionics and related services.
Indra, the leading Spanish Defence Systems and Information Technology
company, delivers C4ISR and air defence systems and equipment to national,
NATO and international customers. Indra's capabilities include systems
development, integration and engineering.
Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, based in Reston, Va., is a global
integrator of complex, mission-enabling systems and services for defense,
intelligence and civil government markets. The sector's technology leadership
and expertise spans areas such as strategic systems, including
intercontinental ballistic missiles; missile defense; intelligence,
surveillance, and reconnaissance; command and control; technical services; and
SOURCE Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
Marynoele R. Benson of Northrop Grumman, +1-703-741-7723,
Marynoele.firstname.lastname@example.org; or Stephanie Chalmers of EADS, +49 (89) 607.21918,
email@example.com; or Luisa Gomez Gonzalez-Solis of Indra, +34-91-480
97 17, lmgomez@.indra.es
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