The crews of U.S.
and allied navy surface ships using the AN/UPX-24(V) shipboard
interrogator will continue to benefit from secure, positive
identification of cooperative aircraft through a contract for ten
interrogator sets from Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE: NOC)
Navigation Systems Division.
The UPX-24 is a long established product that operates as part
of a shipboard identification, friend or foe (IFF) system, accepting
interrogation and control commands from, and providing target reports
or replies to, a shipboard weapons system.
The system provides target data to the ship's command, control,
communications, computer and intelligence system through a digital
interface, and generates antenna and interrogation commands in response
to requests for priority target identification.
Since the mid-1970s, the UPX-24 has been operational aboard the
CG 47 Ticonderoga-class Aegis cruisers, the DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class
Aegis destroyers, and the LHD 1 Wasp-class amphibious assault ships
"This award affirms our commitment to provide critical
identification capabilities to support our fleet and allies," said Dr.
Alexis C. Livanos, vice president and general manager of the Navigation
Systems Division. "The UPX-24 is part of our IFF family of products
that also includes the UPX-39, which offers additional IFF capabilities
and occupies less space."
Under the terms of the $14 million contract, the Navigation
Systems Division will supply its UPX-24 interrogator system between now
and October 2005.
The Navigation Systems Division supplies situational awareness
products for international and domestic defense and commercial markets
and offers integrated avionics, navigation and positioning systems for
space and high-value platform products, navigation-grade and
tactical-grade inertial systems, fiber-optic gyro systems designed to
customer requirements, underwater fiber-optic sensors, identification
friend or foe transponders and interrogators, cockpit displays and
computers, and logistic support products and services.
The Navigation Systems Division is part of the company's
Baltimore, Md.-based Electronic Systems sector, a world leader in the
design, development and manufacture of defense and commercial
electronics and systems including airborne radar, navigation systems,
electronic countermeasures, precision weapons, air traffic control
systems, air defense systems, communications systems, space systems,
marine and naval systems, government systems and logistics services.