Northrop Grumman (ticker: NOC, exchange: New York Stock Exchange (.N))
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Northrop Grumman to Offer UAV Customers One-Stop SolutionsConsolidation of UAV Programs, Systems Expertise in One Organization Promises to Benefit Customers Worldwide
WASHINGTON, Oct 8, 2003 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- In a move that aligns a
successful acquisition strategy with increasing customer demand for
mission-ready unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems, Northrop Grumman
Corporation (NYSE: NOC) today announced that its Advanced Tactical C4I (ATC4I)
organization, which produces the U.S. Army's RQ-5 Hunter UAV, will become a
part of the company's Unmanned Systems unit in San Diego.
ATC4I is currently part of Northrop Grumman's Mission Systems sector.
Unmanned Systems is part of the Integrated Systems sector.
The realignment leverages UAV technologies acquired from the heritage TRW
organization (ATC4I) in 2002 and Ryan Aeronautical (Unmanned Systems) in 1999,
while sharing robust UAV development processes and systems know-how more cost
effectively among all programs. It also creates a standalone organization
dedicated to developing affordable, optimized UAV solutions for each customer.
The consolidation takes effect Jan. 1, 2004.
"The formal consolidation of ATC4I and Unmanned Systems reinforces the
technical synergism that has existed for years between these highly skilled
UAV engineering organizations," said Scott J. Seymour, president of Integrated
Systems. "The recent selection of the RQ-8B Fire Scout UAV as the basis for
the Army's Future Combat System Class IV Unmanned Aerial System (FCS UAS)
requirement, for example, stemmed largely from this successful collaboration.
By joining our collective UAV engineering skills and systems know-how under
one organizational roof, we will continue to develop and deliver the UAV
systems that war fighters need to meet and defeat an ever-evolving enemy."
ATC4I employees supporting Hunter, MAV/OAV and FCS UAS programs and
facilities in Sierra Vista, Ariz., and San Diego will transfer to Integrated
Unmanned Systems produces the U.S. Air Force's RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned
aerial reconnaissance system, the U.S. Navy's RQ-8 Fire Scout vertical takeoff
and landing tactical UAV and aerial targets programs for the Air Force, Navy
and international customers. It also leads the company's development efforts
for the U.S. Navy Broad Area Maritime Surveillance program, the European Euro
Hawk in development with EADS, DARPA's Joint Unmanned Combat Air System,
DARPA's Unmanned Combat Armed Rotorcraft and the United Kingdom Ministry of
Defence's Watchkeeper program. In addition, the company is developing the
Class IV unmanned aerial system solution for the Army's Future Combat System
based on Fire Scout.
Based in Reston, Va., Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is a global
integrator of complex, mission-enabling systems and services for defense,
intelligence and civil government markets. The sector's technology leadership
and expertise spans areas such as strategic systems, including ICBMs; missile
defense; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; command and control;
technical services; and training.
Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems, headquartered in El Segundo, Calif.,
is a premier aerospace and defense systems integration enterprise. One of
Northrop Grumman's seven operating sectors, it designs, develops, produces and
supports network-enabled integrated systems and subsystems for government and
civil customers worldwide. Integrated Systems delivers best-value solutions,
products and services that support military and homeland security missions in
the areas of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; battle management
command and control; and integrated strike warfare.
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