updated 9/29/2010 8:16:37 AM ET 2010-09-29T12:16:37

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Sept. 29, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has announced the successful completion of service-level testing and field user evaluation for the U.S. Marine Corps Mobile Tactical Air Operations Module (MTAOM) command and control system.

The MTAOM, integrated by Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division, features a suite of highly mobile components delivered in 2009 by Northrop Grumman's Navigation Systems Division, including AYK-14 Replacement Computers (ARC), Multi-Radar Tracker (MRT) processors, and Tactical Data Link support units. The computing center of the MTAOM is a 5-ounce ARC circuit card developed by Northrop Grumman to replace a 70-pound, 1980s-era Military Standard computer while providing the full capability of a modern command and control system in a compact, modular package. Development of these key components by Northrop Grumman made the MTAOM possible.

Mounted in a standard S-788 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) shelter, the MTAOM coupled with the AN/MRQ-12 Communications Interface System includes the complete capabilities of the U.S. Marine Corps' legacy AN/TYQ-23 Tactical Air Operations Module command and control system plus the ability to incorporate and fuse Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other commercial radar inputs.

"The MTAOM brings state of the art command and control information to warfighters anywhere they need it," said Ike Song, vice president of situational awareness systems at Northrop Grumman's Navigation Systems Division. "By incorporating modern hardware and software developed by Northrop Grumman into a highly expeditionary platform, the MTAOM helps ensure users have the tactical aviation command and control information they require to integrate seamlessly into the joint operating environment and control the battlespace."

Northrop Grumman offers complete tactical aviation command and control capabilities through the Modular Control and Reporting Platform (MCRP), an inclusive, highly-transportable tactical system featuring the ARC and MRT. The MRT is a fully integrated, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS)-based, open architecture radar tracking and sensor fusion system. This advanced design is the latest generation of the Northrop Grumman AN/TYQ-23 radar tracking product line that is deployed worldwide by the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Marine Corps, and international air forces.

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 www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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