Northrop Grumman provides laser rangefinders to U.S. Army

APOPKA, Fla., 27 March 2010. Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE:NOC) received a delivery order award from the U.S. Army valued at $142.7 million to provide more than 500 Lightweight Laser Designator Rangefinders (LLDR) under a five-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract.

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APOPKA, Fla., 27 March 2010. Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE:NOC) received a delivery order award from the U.S. Army valued at $142.7 million to provide more than 500 Lightweight Laser Designator Rangefinders (LLDR) under a five-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract.

Northrop Grumman's LLDR accurately targets enemy positions during the day, at night, and in nearly all battlefield conditions including haze, smoke, fog, and rain. It enables commanders to see the enemy and decide how to act with confidence.

Using an eye-safe laser wavelength, the system recognizes targets, finds the range to a target, and fixes target locations for laser-guided, GPS-guided, and conventional munitions. This lightweight, interoperable system provides range finding and targeting information to other digital battlefield systems.

This marks the second delivery order award to Northrop Grumman under an ID/IQ contract from the Army that has a not-to-exceed value of $599 million. The first delivery order award was issued in Oct. 2009 and was valued at $72.7 million. Northrop Grumman's Laser Systems business unit has delivered and fielded more than 1,300 LLDR systems to U.S. military forces supporting operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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