Northrop to Help Sustain USAF Bomber Countermeasures Tech Under $150M Contract

Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) has received a sole-source contract worth $150 million to maintain and update an integrated electronic countermeasures system on the U.S. Air Force’s B-1B bomber planes.

The company’s defense systems sector will provide engineering support and perform block cycle updates to the AN/ALQ-161A Operational Flight Program, the Department of Defense said Thursday.

Sustainment efforts under the 10-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract will take place at a contractor facility in McLean, Virginia, and other U.S. government installations.

The AF Life Cycle Management Center is obligating $12.98 million in fiscal 2022 operations and maintenance funds at the time of award and expects work to be complete by Jan. 30, 2032.

The B-1B aircraft’s AN/ALQ-161 technology is built to help pilots detect multiple radar modes and incoming missile threats from the aft section.

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