updated 10/8/2010 3:45:18 AM ET 2010-10-08T07:45:18

LINTHICUM, Md., Oct. 7, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) a $120 million contract to conduct technology development for the Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR).

A next generation radar system planned for the Navy's Future Surface Combatant, AMDR is designed as a scalable, multi-mission radar system. AMDR is comprised of an X-band and an S-band radar along with a radar suite controller and is intended to provide unprecedented situational awareness to easily detect, track and engage ballistic missiles in high clutter environments.

"Under this two-year contract, Northrop Grumman will mature and demonstrate several key technologies required for the AMDR S-band radar and the radar suite controller," says Steve McCoy, vice president of the Advanced Concepts business unit for the company's Electronic Systems sector.  

Northrop Grumman is leveraging its extensive history of military S-band radar development along with modular, open architecture approach to provide a solution for AMDR that will scale to multiple ship classes and help protect the U.S. Navy fleet for the next forty years, McCoy added.

Northrop Grumman has proven active electronically scanned array technology developed for airborne and surface based platforms and is a leading integrator of shipboard electronics. The corporation has delivered more than 500 S-Band radar systems and is currently the supplier on a large S-Band system for the Navy.

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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