Northrop Grumman Receives $7.7 Million Air Force Contract To Provide Multimode Radars for C-130H Transport Aircraft

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BALTIMORE, Md., Dec. 4, 2000 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Electronic Sensors and Systems Sector (ES3) has received a $7.7 million contract from the U.S. Air Force's Warner Robins Air Logistics Center at Robins AFB, Ga., to provide 24 AN/APN-241 navigation and weather radars for installation in Lockheed Martin C-130H aerial delivery aircraft.

Engineering and manufacturing work associated with the radar program will take place at the company's Baltimore area facilities, with deliveries to be completed by June 30, 2002.

Among the key features of the AN/APN-241 radar are high-resolution, ground-mapping modes that enable very precise navigational fixes and aerial cargo drops. The radar detects windshear in all weather conditions, meeting the critical safety needs of transport aircraft worldwide. The AN/APN-241 also provides a situational awareness mode for all-weather formation flying.

"The AN/APN-241 is the radar of choice for the most demanding military aerial delivery requirements," said Robert W. DuBeau, vice president-Avionics Systems at Northrop Grumman ES3. "With excellent ground mapping capabilities, weather detection and predictive windshear, this radar means 'mission accomplished' for the world's tactical airlift forces."

In operation on 120 U.S. Air Force C-130H aircraft and the baseline for the new C-130J, the AN/APN-241 is the only radar system in production that has been certified by the Air Force for its Adverse Weather Aerial Delivery System mission. The radar can be installed at the customer's base of choice by its own personnel.

"A hallmark of the radar is its high reliability and low lifecycle costs," added Jimmy L. Williams, Northrop Grumman AN/APN-241 radar program manager. "Since becoming operational with the Air Force in 1993, the radar's mean time between failure rate has exceeded 900 hours on average. The result has been a significant reduction in maintenance and logistics support costs."

Mr. Williams added that the AN/APN-241 radar is capable of supporting system growth for new missions through software upgrades and has proven adaptable to a wide range of aircraft while maintaining hardware commonality.

The company's Electronic Sensors and Systems Sector, headquartered in Baltimore, is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of defense electronics and systems, precision weapons, airspace management systems, space systems, marine systems, logistics systems, and automation and information systems.

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