Northrop Grumman and ITT Exelis Partner for U.S. Navy's Next Generation Jammer
Team Offers Navy Customer Cutting-Edge Technology and Decades of Experience in
Airborne Electronic Attack
BETHPAGE, N.Y. and CLIFTON, N.J., Nov. 1, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop
Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and ITT Exelis (NYSE:XLS) are teaming to bring
together the best of industry to offer unique solutions for the U.S. Navy's
Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) program.
The two companies have been involved in electronic warfare and airborne
electronic attack technological development since the 1960s, making them well
positioned to compete for the next phase of this critical naval warfighting
capability – the Technology Demonstration phase.
"The combined expertise of the Northrop Grumman-Exelis team promises to bring
the most technologically advanced, innovative and low-risk solution to our
Navy customer's Next Generation Jammer program," said Pat McMahon, sector vice
president and general manager, Northrop Grumman military aircraft systems.
"The demonstrated performance of both companies makes this team well
positioned to seamlessly transition into the Technology Demonstration phase of
the program and continue its long legacy of support to naval aviation and
airborne electronic attack."
"The partnership of Northrop Grumman and Exelis provides the Navy with a team
that uniquely understands the customer's needs," said Rich Sorelle, acting
president of Exelis Electronic Systems. "This collaboration will allow the
companies to integrate the best of their independently developed subsystems
and components into one truly interoperable system, ensuring U.S. forces will
be able to control the battlespace electromagnetic spectrum."
The Navy's NGJ will fly on the EA-18G Growler as the newest, most advanced
electronic attack aircraft in the world, and will provide U.S. forces with the
ability to suppress and defeat enemy integrated air defense systems and
disrupt and disable an enemy's ground-based communications capabilities.
Northrop Grumman is leveraging four decades of expertise in designing,
developing and delivering advanced weapons systems that support the customer's
electronic warfare and airborne electronic attack missions.
Exelis is extremely customer-focused in this mission area and will support
continued development of advanced technologies to identify and respond to
threat emissions. Exelis most recently fielded the Universal Exciter Upgrade
for the existing AN/ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System which has significantly
expanded its capabilities. The combined expertise of Exelis and Northrop
Grumman's affordable and modular electronic warfare mission technologies will
provide the U.S. Navy with the solutions required for the Next Generation
About ITT Exelis
ITT Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense and
information solutions company with strong positions in enduring and emerging
global markets. Exelis is a leader in networked communications, sensing and
surveillance, composite aerostructures, logistics and technical services. The
company has a 50-year legacy of innovation and technology expertise,
partnering with customers worldwide to deliver affordable, mission-critical
products and services for managing global threats, conflicts and complexities.
Headquartered in McLean, Va., the company employs about 20,500 people and
generated 2011 sales of $5.8 billion. http://www.exelisinc.com
About Northrop Grumman
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative
systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cybersecurity, C4ISR, and
logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.
Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.
CONTACT: Kirsti Dunn
Northrop Grumman Corporation
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