Friday, October 2, 2009

Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems Introduces Voice Over IP Enhancements to its PAE T6 Air Traffic Management Radios

Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems Introduces Voice Over IP Enhancements to its PAE T6 Air Traffic Management Radios
October 2, 2009

LONDON –– Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced that its Europe-based subsidiary, Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems, has added Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) capability to its range of air traffic management radios.

The VoIP standards which have been specifically developed to meet the demands of the air traffic management (ATM) environment will be available on all of the company's PAE T6 range of VHF and UHF radios with immediate effect. In March 2009, Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems joined 10 other manufacturers of air traffic communication systems to confirm that the specifications, which were developed by the European Organisation for Civil Aviation Equipment (EUROCAE) Working Group 67, provided a robust standard that allowed the interworking of ground radios and voice communication systems.

"Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems has been a pioneer in the delivery of end-to-end networked air traffic management communication systems and these systems have been deployed in the world's busiest ATM environments delivering real economic and performance benefits to our customers," said Charles Houseago, managing director of Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems. "As telecom networks migrate to internet protocol capability, ATM providers will be able to benefit from the cost and performance improvements that these networks offer. Our domain experience coupled with the switch to IP will enable us to deliver these benefits to our customers."

The provision of VoIP is a progression of Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems' already established IP capability. Within its PAE T6 range the company has, for two years, been delivering VHF Digital Link-Mode 2 (VDL-2) data link radios with integral IP communications to support next generation data communication applications. In addition to the new VoIP capability, the PAE T6 will continue to support legacy interfaces including E1 and traditional analogue connections to allow seamless integration with a wide range of established systems and networks.

EUROCAE is a non-profit organisation that deals exclusively with aviation standardisation for airborne and ground systems and equipment.

Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems, based in Peterborough, U.K. and in Oslo and Horten, Norway, supplies ATM systems for air-space operations worldwide.

In continental Europe, Northrop Grumman operates from locations in France, Germany, Italy and Norway, providing navigation, air traffic control and postal automation systems. In the U.K., Northrop Grumman has a strong presence with a heritage spanning nearly 100 years. The
company 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, C4ISR solutions and mission planning, IT systems and software development, aircraft whole life support and airport security solutions.

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