Wednesday, August 12, 2009

U.S. Air Force Selects Northrop Grumman to Develop Simulation Model for Fifth-Generation Data Link

U.S. Air Force Selects Northrop Grumman to Develop Simulation Model for
Fifth-Generation Data Link
Aug 12, 2009

SAN DIEGO – The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) a contract to develop a simulation model for the Multifunction Advanced Data Link (MADL) waveform. The modeling activity will enable the Air Force to devise improved tactics for use in anti-access environments.

MADL is a high data rate, low probability-of-intercept (LPI)
and low probability-of-detection (LPD) communications link. It allows
coordinated tactics and engagement capabilities between low-observable
platforms. The advanced tactical data link will offer a significant
increase in operational effectiveness for fifth-generation aircraft
operating in high-threat environments. The Department of Defense's
Joint Requirements Oversight Council has approved MADL for all
low-observable platforms.

"We are creating the MADL waveform as part of our role in the
F-35 program developing the integrated communications, navigation and
identification subsystem," said Roger Fujii, vice president of Network
Communication Systems for Northrop Grumman's Information Systems
sector. "MADL was designed from the ground up to meet the demanding
requirements of the F-35 warfighter in LPI, LPD and high-jamming
situations -- when you don't want to be seen or heard. This contract is
an important step for the DOD to develop enhanced MADL capabilities to
meet the additional enterprise needs for multiple defense platforms and
advanced airborne networking."

Northrop Grumman received the contract from the Air Force
Research Laboratory, Rome Research Site, Rome, N.Y. Program management
and technical direction will come from the Air Force Electronic Systems
Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. Under the contract, the company
will define, design and develop a simulation model based on the MADL
waveform the company is developing for the F-35 Lightning II joint
strike fighter program. Northrop Grumman will also work closely with
Air Force Simulation and Analysis Facility (SIMAF) at Wright-Patterson
to develop and integrate a traffic generation and routing functionality
for testing MADL capabilities in airborne networking scenarios.

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.

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