Northrop Grumman, U.S. Air Force Complete Successful Preliminary Design Review of Air Operations Center Modernization Program

Northrop Grumman, U.S. Air Force Complete Successful Preliminary Design Review
of Air Operations Center Modernization Program

Open Systems Approach Will Deliver More Affordable, Collaborative and Dynamic
Command and Control to the Warfighter

MCLEAN, Va., Feb. 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The U.S. Air Force and Northrop
Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) have successfully completed the preliminary
design review for the Air Operations Center (AOC) Weapon System (WS) program.
The successful review allows the AOC WS program to enter the detailed design
phase.

The program modernizes the Air Force's essential operational-level command and
control (C2) centers to increase operational effectiveness and reduce costs.
The Defense Department considers these C2 centers a weapon system vital to the
national interest and the AOC modernization program represents a major leap in
aerospace C2.

The in-depth review, conducted at Northrop Grumman's AOC WS warfighter test
and integration laboratory in Newport News, Va., served as a forum for the Air
Force, Northrop Grumman and its teammates to review and approve the
preliminary design. Additionally, Northrop Grumman delivered a prototype
system built upon a service-oriented open architecture to highlight the future
AOC environment and demonstrate the concept of rapid and affordable
development and integration.

"Our collaboration with the Air Force accomplished an important risk-reduction
activity and verified our ability to quickly and affordably deliver critical
capabilities to warfighters. We also showcased the architectural foundation
that will enable essential new C2 applications and warfighting concepts
unachievable with closed systems," said Mike Twyman, vice president and
general manager of the Defense Systems division for Northrop Grumman
Information Systems. "AOC modernization through a truly open systems approach
will significantly reduce life cycle costs and enable the Air Force's future
operational concepts."

Northrop Grumman demonstrated the potential for integrated air and missile
defense, dynamic network management and dynamic planning utilizing the
enormous capabilities of fifth-generation aircraft and sensors. The company
showed next-generation user experience featuring machine-to-machine
automation, collaborative workflows and enhanced visualization of
mission-critical information to generate speed of command not possible with
legacy systems. The increase in combat capability was demonstrated in the
dynamic targeting process, one of several AOC mission threads used during the
design effort.

"Effective air, space and cyberspace operations depend on integrated effects
across the joint force. The key is command and control, and the modernized AOC
provides warfighters with the secure, flexible and agile C2 capabilities
necessary for meeting the security challenges of the future," Twyman said.

In conjunction with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air
Force Base, Mass., Northrop Grumman will modernize the AOC by developing a
secure, streamlined computing environment for legacy and stove-piped systems.
The common computing environment will reduce manual information sharing
between systems and decrease information technology footprint thereby lowering
total ownership costs. AOC modernization will also accelerate the integration
of new applications and enable flexibility to deliver modular,
mission-tailorable capabilities to warfighters.

The AOC gives the Air Force an enhanced operational-level command and control
capability for use in every operational theater. It provides the Joint Force
Air Component commander with the core capability to plan, task and execute
theaterwide operations in the air, space and cyber domains.

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.

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