Strategic Alliance Produces Groundbreaking Infrared Countermeasure Technology for Northrop Grumman's ASALTT™ Product Line

Strategic Alliance Produces Groundbreaking Infrared Countermeasure Technology
                 for Northrop Grumman's ASALTT™ Product Line

  PR Newswire

  APOPKA, Florida, Jan. 10, 2013



- Northrop Grumman, Pranalytica develop high brightness, high power laser
system, which sets new standard for power, beam quality and size

APOPKA, Florida, Jan. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Northrop Grumman Corporation
(NYSE: NOC) announced a new variant of the current All Semiconductor Airborne
Laser Threat Terminator (ASALTT™) product line that will house a high
brightness and high power Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) module. ASALTT™ is a
family of infrared countermeasure systems that protect fixed-wing and rotary
military aircraft.

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The new QCL module will operate at 10 watts in the mid-wave infrared (MWIR)
spectrum, enabling real-time color ratio control and further diversifying the
Technology Readiness Level 6 ASALTT™ family of laser systems. This
groundbreaking milestone was executed in collaboration with Pranalytica, Inc.,
a California-based company that tailored the QCL properties and performance
for this new design.

"It is through talent, innovation and a strategic relationship that we are
able to produce a 10-watt MWIR module, packaged to the size of a smartphone,"
said Gordon Stewart, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman's
Laser Systems business unit.

"Through collaboration, we have met both double-digit power specifications and
the high beam quality sought for next-generation laser systems that satisfy
size, weight and power requirements. Previously these specifications could not
be met," said Kumar Patel, president and CEO of Pranalytica.

The ASALTT™ product line technology offers a variety of opto-mechanical and
environmentally stable laser systems designed to defeat enemy threats, taking
advantage of the most advanced laser technologies currently available from
government, industry and academia. Designed with infrared countermeasures in
mind, the modular architecture also provides for utilization of key subsystems
in adjacent markets, such as covert markers and pointers.

Northrop Grumman Laser Systems is one of the world's leading manufacturers of
military electro-optical (EO) targeting systems. These systems include
ground-based (man-portable, handheld and vehicle-mounted) EO imaging/ranging
systems for target location, laser designators/markers for precise guidance of
smart munitions, airborne laser rangefinders and designators fielded onboard
many of the world's most sophisticated manned and unmanned aircraft.

About Pranalytica

Pranalytica is a leader in the development and engineering of QCLs operating
in the 3.6 mm to greater than 16 mm region. Pranalytica has developed new
structure designs for QCLs leading to high powers and high wallplug
efficiencies at all wavelengths. Using their patented designs as well as
proprietary fabrication technology, Pranalytica is able to commercially offer
fully packaged, highest power and highest wallplug efficiency mid-wave and
long-wave infrared QCLs for a broad range of defense, homeland security,
industrial and health-related applications. ( www.pranalytica.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.

Website: http://www.northropgrumman.com
Contact: Yolanda Murphy, +1-410-649-0640, yolanda.murphy@ngc.com