Air Force Extends Northrop’s Weather Forecasting Contract

northrop Grumman_BLUENorthrop Grumman  (NYSE: NOC) has won a contract worth $300 million to help the U.S. Air Force disseminate weather prediction data for military users worldwide, the Washington Business Journal reported Monday.

Jill Aitoro writes that Northrop will continue to provide systems engineering, management and sustainment assistance to the Air Force Weather Agency through July 31, 2009.

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The company helps the agency manage climate technology such as the Global Theater Weather Analysis and Prediction System and the Space Weather Analysis and Forecast System.

Aitoro reports the Pentagon established the SEMS program in 2002 to provide military organizations with real-time weather products and services.

The Air Force Weather Agency says that climate data can help commanders “anticipate and exploit the battlespace environment, from the mud to the sun.”

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