Northrop Grumman Awarded U.S. Air Force Contracts for LITENING SE Targeting PodsNorthrop Grumman Awarded U.S. Air Force Contracts for LITENING SE Targeting PodsGLOBE NEWSWIREFebruary 13, 2012

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., Feb. 13, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has received two follow-on Low Rate Initial Production contract awards from the U.S. Air Force totaling a combined $66 million to provide additional LITENING SE advanced targeting pods.

These awards are part of an original, overall seven-year (5-year base with two 1-year options), $920 million, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract granted to Northrop Grumman in 2010, representing a continuation of the LRIP program. LITENING SE recently completed an extensive flight test program on the F-16 Block 40/50 and A-10C aircraft.  

"Getting advanced capability into the hands of the warfighter is a team effort. The combined efforts of the joint U.S. Air Force-Northrop Grumman test team resulted in the expedited completion of the LITENING SE qualification and evaluation flight testing program," said Jim Mocarski, vice-president of the LITENING program at Northrop Grumman. 

LITENING SE delivers the latest advancements in sensor, laser imaging and data link technology. Technologies include full 1Kx1K Forward Looking Infrared, 1Kx1K charge-coupled device and short wave infrared sensors, color symbols, tracker improvement, enhanced zoom, and two-way multi-band data link. These advancements deliver more accurate target identification and location at longer ranges than currently deployed systems while reducing pilot workload.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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