Northrop Grumman Inks Deal to Help Protect Troops

Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) won a $46.3 million, 4-year contract to “further develop, test and field-demonstrate a net-centric architecture system that enhances warfighters’ awareness of the surrounding battlefield environment.”

According to the firm, “the system, Heterogeneous Airborne Reconnaissance Team (HART), is designed to autonomously manage a mix of manned and unmanned aircraft and sensors, and distribute actionable intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) information on demand to soldiers in the field.”

“This contract award is a significant milestone for the HART program as it allows us to mature the technology and bring the system closer to theatre deployment, ” said Carl Johnson, vice president of Advanced Concepts-Air and Land Systems at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. “The system is designed to supply intelligence data to the warfighter – on demand – and provide instant situational awareness of the vicinity. This enabling technology allows the soldier to react to tactical situations in real-time, without delays stemming from data acquisition or tasking of multiple assets. All relevant data is in the palm of a soldier’s hand whenever it is needed.”

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