updated 12/6/2010 3:45:43 PM ET 2010-12-06T20:45:43

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 6, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a contract to provide a Real Time Information in the Cockpit (RTIC) capability for Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command C-130H aircraft, enhancements that will allow aircrews to communicate with ground crews during airlift, airdrop, and search and rescue operations.

Under a $12.7 million cost-plus, fixed-fee contract, Northrop Grumman is integrating the software and hardware that will enable real-time tactical information to be displayed in the C-130H cockpit and navigator station.  The displays will provide information obtained from Joint Range Extension Applications Protocol (JREAP) and Situational Awareness Data Link (SADL) communications, allowing the C-130 crew to not only see the theatre tactical picture but also electronically identify its position to others within the theatre. 

Northrop Grumman is also installing the ARC-210 airborne military radio, which provides two-way voice and data communications and is software-operated.

The Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command have identified RTIC among its top priorities.

Following a 12-month integration phase, Northrop Grumman will install the new RTIC capability in 32 Air National Guard C-130H aircraft. Borsight Inc. of Ogden, Utah, is the A-kit installer.

The 22-month contract, which supports the Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Command Test Center, was awarded by the Defense Micro-Electronics Activity on Sept. 28.         

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.

CONTACT:  Janis Lamar
          Northrop Grumman Information Systems
          (703) 345-7046
          janis.lamar@ngc.com

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