Northrop Grumman locks onto Air Force targeting system deal

The Air Force has Northrop Grumman Corp. seeing stars.

Northrop Grumman has won a five-year, $532 million contract for the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System Improvement Program, called Joint Stars. The defense contractor will design systems and improvements for the E-8C Joint Stars fleet of aircraft, which has advanced airborne ground-surveillance, targeting and battle-management systems.

E-8C Joint Stars detects, classifies, tracks and targets hostile ground movements and transmits real-time information through secure data links with Air Force and Army command posts.

The contract covers the engineering, design, development, integration, testing and delivery of enhancements and upgrades to the Joint Stars fleet. It also includes technical orders, support equipment, initial spares and the training and procurement of production and support-system retrofit kits and documentation.

All Joint Stars aircraft are assigned to the Georgia Air National Guard's 116th Air Control Wing at Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins, Ga. The wing consists of active-duty Air Force, Army and Air National Guard personnel.

Northrop Grumman of Los Angeles employs more than 125,000 workers and had 2004 revenue of about $29.9 billion. The company is No. 2 on Washington Technology's 2005 Top 100 list of federal prime contractors.

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