Northrop Grumman Highlights Whole Life Maintenance Support and Airborne Surveillance Capabilities at RAF Waddington International Air Show

By Northrop Grumman Corporation, PRNE
Monday, June 27, 2011

LONDON, June 28, 2011 -

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) is one of the principal
industry sponsors at the Waddington International Air Show in
Lincoln, where it will highlight a range of its global security
capabilities including whole life maintenance support, unmanned
aircraft systems for airborne surveillance and defence

More than 130,000 visitors are expected at the two-day show
being held at Royal Air Force (RAF) Waddington on Saturday 2nd July
and Sunday 3rd July. The aim of the show is to raise public
awareness and understanding of the RAF and its role today. All
proceeds are donated to RAF and local charities.

The Northrop Grumman exhibit stand at the air show is located in
Hangar 4.

“Northrop Grumman has been delivering the Whole Life Support
Programme (WLSP) for the Sentry E-3D Airborne Warning and Control
System (AWACS) fleet based at RAF Waddington since 2005 and we will
continue to do so under our current contract until 2025,” said Tom
, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman
Technical Services. “We are extremely proud of our long partnership
with RAF Waddington, the Royal Air Force’s home of airborne
surveillance and reconnaissance, and of the contribution we make to
front-line operations.”

Northrop Grumman is the design organization for the E-3D Sentry
fleet providing long-term UK-based technical support to the
programme through the Joint Sentry Support Team consisting of
nearly 200 personnel located at RAF Waddington. Working in
partnership with the Sentry Integrated Project Team, the Northrop
Grumman team provides the complete range of through-life services,
including capability sustainment modernisation needed to support
the Sentry E-3D AWACS aircraft through to its 2025 out-of-service
date. Northrop Grumman also provides the radar and in-service
support for the radar. Members of Northrop Grumman’s Joint Sentry
Support Team include BAE Systems and AAR.  

“The E-3D Sentry WLSP is one of Northrop Grumman’s largest
single programmes in the UK and Waddington plays a significant part
in our UK business operations,” said Sir Nigel Essenhigh, chairman
Northrop Grumman UK. “We look forward to opportunities to build on
the success of the strong partnering relationship that we have
developed with the Sentry Project Team and to continue to deliver
best value for money for this strategically important capability.”

In addition to the E-3D Sentry WLSP the Northrop Grumman exhibit
will highlight its leading capabilities in unmanned aircraft
including the Global Hawk high altitude, long-endurance unmanned
aircraft system (UAS), the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance UAS and
the Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV). Northrop
Grumman is developing up to three LEMV systems for the U.S. Army.
This system is designed to be optionally manned, providing the
flexibility to operate with or without a crew onboard, and sustain
altitudes of 20,000 feet for a three-week period to provide
persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
capability. The company is also developing additional capabilities
in the Lighter-Than-Air market to support heavy lift and other
multi-mission sets.  

Northrop Grumman will also highlight its role in the F-35
programme. The company is a principal subcontractor on the Lockheed
Martin-led F-35 industry team and is responsible for designing and
producing the centre fuselage for all three variants of the F-35.
The company also designed and produces the aircraft’s radar and
other key avionics including electro-optical and communications
subsystems; develops mission systems and mission-planning software;
leads the team’s development of pilot and maintenance training
system courseware; and manages the team’s use, support and
maintenance of low-observable technologies.

Northrop Grumman’s infra-red countermeasures (IRCM) systems are
installed or scheduled for installation on several hundred military
aircraft to protect approximately 50 different types of large
fixed-wing transports and rotary-wing platforms, including a
variety of UK aircraft, from infrared missile attacks. The system
functions by automatically detecting a missile launch, determining
if it is a threat and activating a high-intensity laser-based
countermeasure system to track and defeat the missile.  

The company has a well-established presence in the UK and
operates from locations at London, Fareham, Chester, Coventry,
Hendon, New Malden, Peterborough, RAF Waddington and Solihull,
providing avionics, communications, electronic warfare systems,
marine navigation systems, unmanned ground vehicles, C4ISR
solutions and mission planning, cybersecurity, IT systems and
software development.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing
innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace,
electronics, information systems, and technical services to
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Ken Beedle of Northrop Grumman Corporation, +44-207-747-1910, +44-7787-174092, Ken.beedle at

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