Northrop Grumman to modernize Air and Space Operations Center Weapon System

MCLEAN, Va., 15 March 2012. The U.S. Air Force has selected Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE:NOC) for the Air and Space Operations Center (AOC) Weapon System (WS) modernization program with an initial award of $120 million. The contract has a potential value of $504 million over eight years, if all options are exercised.

AOC WS is the command and control center for planning, executing and assessing joint air operations during a contingency or conflict. Under the contract from the Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., the team will modernize the AOC to enable greater battle space awareness and more effective, dynamic planning and execution.

AOC WS program objectives include improving the speed of command by automating information exchange, accelerating the integration of warfighter capabilities and reducing lifecycle costs. Tasking under the entire contract includes design, integration, test and delivery of a network-centric infrastructure and mission applications with fielding and sustainment at eight AOC sites.

Northrop Grumman's Modular Open Systems Approach-Competitive (MOSA-C) is a strategic business and engineering process that achieves the lifecycle benefits of open-systems architecture and commercial off-the-shelf components and software. The MOSA-C process ensures vendor-neutral, enduring solutions that improve interoperability and lower the total cost of ownership.

The Northrop Grumman-led team includes AgilePath Corporation, Newburyport, Mass.; Capgemini Government Solutions, Herndon, Va.; ZelTech Technologies, Hampton, Va.; Layer 7 Technologies, Washington, D.C.; Bosh Global Services, Newport News, Va.; Applied Minds, Glendale, Calif.; and DMM Ventures, Yorktown, Va.

Northrop Grumman's AOC WS warfighter Integration and Test Laboratory (ITL) is located in Newport News, Va. The company will use the facility for close collaboration with Air Force personnel to deliver a solution.

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