USA: Northrop Grumman Systems Inks Contracts for Aegis Engineering, Technical Services
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. has received a modification to a previously awarded contract for Aegis engineering and technical services. The value of this contract is $7,563,624.
This purchase will supply engineering, technical, computer programming, materials management, and specified logistics services necessary to support Aegis Combat System, major weapon system programs, test and evaluation and post event analysis.
The work will be performed in Port Hueneme, Calif. (65 percent); San Diego, Calif. (15 percent); Dahlgren, Va. (10 percent); and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (10 percent) and is anticipated to be finished by July 2012.
Under the Foreign Military Sales Program, this contract includes purchases from the governments of Australia (6 percent), Japan (6 percent), and Spain (6 percent).
The expiry date of the $7,563,624 contract funds is the end of the current fiscal year. The Port Hueneme Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme, Calif., is deemed to be the contracting activity.
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.
The Aegis Combat System (ACS) is an advanced command and control (command and decision, or C&D, in Aegis parlance), and weapon control system (WCS) that uses powerful computers and radars to track and guide weapons to destroy enemy targets.
The ACS is composed of the Aegis Weapon System (AWS), the fast-reaction component of the Aegis Anti-Aircraft Warfare (AAW) capability, along with the Phalanx Close In Weapon System (CIWS), the Mark 41 Vertical Launch System. Mk 41 VLS adopts a modular design concept, which results in different versions that vary in size and weight. The length comes in three sizes: 209 in (5.3 m) for the self-defense version, 266 in (6.8 m) for the tactical version, and 303 in (7.7 m) for the strike version. The empty weight for a 8-cell module is 26,800 lb (12,200 kg) for the self-defense version, 29,800 lb (13,500 kg) for the tactical version, and 32,000 lb (15,000 kg) for the strike version, thus incorporating anti-submarine warfare (ASW) systems, and Tomahawk Land Attack Cruise Missiles (TLAM). Shipboard torpedo and naval gunnery systems are also integrated.
Naval Today Staff , January 10, 2012; Image: navy