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Northrop Grumman awarded $18.7 million to streamline European air traffic management

On Friday, Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems, Northrop Grumman’s Norway-based air traffic management subsidiary, received an $18.7 million contract from the European Community and EUROCONTROL. The funding will go towards participation in a research program to help streamline and modernize air traffic management.

With the goal of making European air traffic safer, greener, and more efficient, the contracts were sent by the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) Joint Undertaking, a program founded by the European Commission and EUROCONTROL. The contract is marked for completion by 2016.

Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems managing director Eldar Hauge said his company is dedicated to the task at hand.

“We are fully committed to the modernization of European air traffic management and, through our membership of NATMIG, we look forward to bringing to the SESAR  program our expertise and experience in area control centers aircraft surface movement guidance and control, and satellite landing systems to help create a high-performance, fully-integrated air traffic control infrastructure for Europe.”

NATMIG (North European Air Traffic Management Industry Group) is a group founded by four of the major air traffic management companies in northern Europe. In addition to Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems, it consists of Airtel, Saab, and SINTEF. The four are equal shareholders.

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