Northrop Grumman to Supply Radio Communications System for UK MoD's Camp Bastion Airfield, AfghanistanBy Northrop Grumman Corporation, PRNE
Thursday, September 30, 2010
LONDON, October 1, 2010 - Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE: NOC) Europe-based air traffic
management systems subsidiary, Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems, has been
awarded a contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide a
ground-to-air voice radio system for air traffic control operations at the
MoD's Camp Bastion airfield in Helmand Province, the main handling airfield
for UK operations in Afghanistan.
The complete radio system, which will include the T6 VHF / UHF
transmitter and receiver equipment, will be fitted into deployable mobile
cabins designed to be air-lifted into theatre. The cabins will be fitted out
at Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems' facility in Market Deeping, UK. This
approach will ensure rapid insertion into current air traffic operations with
a delivery target of late 2010.
An emergency radio system will also be provided in the new air traffic
control tower being built at the Camp Bastion Airfield. A communications
training programme based at Royal Air Force (RAF) Leeming will also be
supplied under the contract.
"Our high performance ground-to-air communications systems will help
improve the effectiveness of air traffic management operations at Bastion
airfield," said Sir Nigel Essenhigh, chief executive, Northrop Grumman
Information Systems Europe. "We are pleased to be part of the programme of
equipment enhancements being put in place to support the complex and intense
air operations at Bastion."
Camp Bastion airfield was set up in April 2006 by the RAF Tactical Air
Traffic Control Unit and has now become one of the busiest UK-operated
airports. Combat operations, medical evacuations and logistics sustainment
flights all operate from this vital military hub and the air traffic
controllers based at Camp Bastion are integral to the support of the UK's
operations in southern Afghanistan.
Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems communications equipment is used
extensively throughout the MoD, on naval ships, shore stations and at RAF
bases. The company currently provides through life support to the MoD for air
traffic control equipment and in-service support for VHF and UHF radios used
by the Royal Navy and RAF. The company has also supplied T6 air traffic
management radio equipment into Kandahar, Afghanistan on behalf of NATO.
Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems, based in Peterborough, UK, and in Oslo
and Horten, Norway, supplies communication, navigation and surveillance
systems for air-space operations worldwide.
Northrop Grumman has a well-established presence in the UK with a
heritage spanning nearly 100-years. Northrop Grumman operates from primary
locations in London, Fareham, Chester, Coventry, New Malden, Peterborough,
RAF Waddington and Solihull and provides avionics, communications, electronic
warfare systems, marine navigation systems, unmanned ground vehicle systems,
C4I solutions and mission planning, aircraft whole life support, IT systems
and software development.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose
120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in
aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical
services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit
www.northropgrumman.com for more information.
Ken Beedle of Northrop Grumman Corporation, +44-(0)-207-747-1910, +44-(0)-7787-174092, Ken.beedle at euro.ngc.com
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