Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC – News) announced an award of US$256 million contract received for continued technology development of the E-10A wide area surveillance and battle management command and control (MNC2) platform. The contract covers design and analysis of the E-10A Technology Development Program (TDP) through Initial Design Review, which is scheduled for May 2007.

According to Dave Nagy, vice president of Northrop Grumman’s Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance Programs, the current phase will test the new radar technology to be used for wide-area surveillance, offering ground and air surveillance targeting capabilities. The program integrates and Northrop Grumman’s Battle Management Command and Control (BMC2) mission suite into an airborne system that provides a able to detect, classify, characterize and report cruise missile targets, ground moving target. Several E-10As are planned to operate within a networked multi-sensor command and control constellation environment to cover a wide area. The program is managed by Air Force Material Command’s Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.

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