Northrop Grumman Highlights Network-Centric Communications Capabilities at the International Data Links Symposium, Norway

LONDON, September 6, 2010/PRNewswire/ --

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) is participating in the International Data Links Symposium where it will highlight its industry leadership in battlespace communications, network-centric command and control and tactical data link (TDL) technology.

The International Data Links Society's 2010 symposium takes place at the Norges Varemesse Exhibition Centre, Lillestrom, near Oslo, Norway from 8-10 Sept. Northrop Grumman will be exhibiting at stand 221 460.

"Tactical data links are essential components of integrated information networks and provide the armed forces with the ability to exchange real-time information to ensure close co-ordination of operations, from secure voice, data and video to picture generation and weapon assignment," said Claude Hashem, vice president and deputy general manager of the Network Communication Systems business unit of Northrop Grumman's Information Systems sector. "Northrop Grumman's planning and management software is the industry standard for TDL."

Highlighted at this year's symposium is Northrop Grumman's internationally exportable family of network-centric command and control systems and data link technologies including Multi-Link Service Gateway (MLSG).

MLSG is a modular, scalable data link processor that provides standalone platform capability for new and existing platforms, with an upgrade path to Link 16, Link 22 and Variable Message Format (VMF) tactical data links (TDLs). MLSG is suitable for maritime, land, and headquarters installations. Northrop Grumman is providing the data processor for the multilink capability for the Anzac Class frigates for the Royal Australian Navy being developed by Saab Systems.

Northrop Grumman's Tactical Data Link Integration Exerciser (TIGER) which will be connected to a ViaSat multifunctional information distribution system and communicate with the MLSG.

TIGER performs data link testing for the MLSG and JSS (Joint Interface Control Officer (JICO) Support System) programmes by stimulating systems under test with tactical scenarios, including Link 16, Link 11, Link 22 and more. Analysts use the TIGER scenario developer programme to script reusable scenarios for real-time testing.

The company's airborne executive processor (AEP) capability will also be highlighted. The AEP provides network management for a variety of airborne payloads including internet protocol-based radios, Gateway Manager and software-defined radios. AEP provides the processing capability at the heart of Northrop Grumman's Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) system.

Also on display will be the Joint Tactical Command Workstation (JTCW), Command and Control Framework (C2F) and Command and Control Compact Edition (C2CE).

JTCW provides ground forces units above battalion level with consistent situational awareness, complementing Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below, which provides friendly forces situational awareness at brigade-level and below for platform-based and handheld systems. It allows operation in the future net-enabled environment and greater interoperability for the warfighter.

C2F is a new command and control architecture that supports net-centric operations by empowering integrators, developers, and end-users to integrate more easily disparate net-centric systems.

C2CE is a Windows Mobile(R) situation awareness tool, which obtains and displays the Common Tactical Picture (CTP) through a wireless link to a Command and Control PC (C2PC). Easy to use and highly responsive, C2CE gives foot-mobile warfighters the land navigation tools they need to complete their missions.

The local positioning and tracking system iTRACKS will also be on display.

Northrop Grumman operates from locations in France, Germany, Italy, Norway and across the UK. In the UK, Northrop Grumman operates from eight primary locations providing avionics, communications, electronic warfare systems, marine navigation systems, unmanned ground vehicle systems, C4ISR solutions and mission planning, IT systems and software development, cyber security and aircraft whole life support.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit http://www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

Source: Northrop Grumman Corporation

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