Northrop Grumman and SELEX Galileo Execute an MOU to Jointly Pursue the International DIRCM Market

By Northrop Grumman Corporation, PRNE
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

PARIS, June 22, 2011 -

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and SELEX Galileo, a
Finmeccanica Company, have announced the signing of a memorandum of
understanding (MOU) aimed at jointly pursuing the international
directional infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) market.
 Capitalizing on their unique experience and capability in the
development and production of laser-based DIRCM systems, the
document further strengthens the existing industry-leading DIRCM
strategic alliance and enables the two companies to aggressively
target the “rest-of-the-world” DIRCM marketplace.

“There are few collaborations in the defense industry that are
as successful and long lived as the Northrop Grumman - SELEX
Galileo alliance,” said Jeff Palombo, sector vice president and
general manager of Northrop Grumman’s Land and Self Protection
Systems Division.  ”We have been hugely successful protecting
aircraft, and this document will further strengthen our
collaboration and allow us to focus on our international customers
as we launch a fully exportable DIRCM system.”

For almost 20 years, Northrop Grumman and SELEX Galileo have
been the preferred supplier of DIRCM systems to the United States,
United Kingdom and close allies.  With over 750 DIRCM systems
delivered and supported, this unmatched capability and associated
experience and expertise will be brought to the international
community.  Following in the footsteps of Northrop Grumman -
SELEX Galileo architecture, the international DIRCM system will
encompass an open framework that permits the integration of various
sensors, pointer/trackers and lasers.  

“This is a very significant milestone both in the Northrop
Grumman - SELEX Galileo relationship and in our approach to the
export DIRCM market,” said Alastair Morrison, senior vice
president, SELEX Galileo, Radar and Advanced Targeting.  ”We
look forward to working with all international customers and to
meeting their aircraft platform protection requirements.”

Signing the MOU were Jim Pitts, corporate vice president and
president of Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems sector, Jeff
, sector vice president and general manager of Northrop
Grumman’s Land and Self Protection Systems Division, and Norman
, managing director of SELEX Galileo Ltd.

SELEX Galileo is a leading provider of sensor systems delivering
to its customers a distinctive benefit in airborne mission critical
systems and a full ISTAR capability. With industrial presence in
the U.K., Italy and the U.S., the company builds on 60 years of
experience on proprietary technologies to respond to the needs of
those on the front line.

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