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Northrop Grumman Delivers First Production STARLite Radars to U.S. Army

by: Jeffrey Bradford
February 11, 2010

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Northrop Grumman Delivers First Production STARLite Radars to U.S. Army
February 11, 2010

BALTIMORE – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) recently delivered the first two production AN/ZPY-1 STARLite radars for the U.S. Army's Extended Range / Multi-Purpose Unmanned Aerial System.

Northrop Grumman's STARLite is a small, lightweight radar used
for supporting tactical operations. By providing precise battlefield
intelligence in all types of weather and in battlefield obscurants, day
and night, STARLite significantly improves battlefield situational
awareness and optimizes force maneuver and engagement for mission
success.

Northrop Grumman is working under a 78.5 million dollar contract
with the Army's Robotics and Unmanned Sensors Product Office at
Aberdeen Proving Grounds, to provide a total of 33 STARLite radar
systems between now and April 2011.

The radar deliveries followed a compressed 18 month
post-contract award schedule that included the successful completion of
a rigorous battery of qualification tests of the radar as well as
independent performance verification tests conducted by the Army's Test
and Evaluation Center at the Yuma Proving Grounds, AZ.

"STARLite passed customer-mandated reliability, operational and
environmental qualification tests, including 1,200 hours of operational
testing without a single hardware failure," said Pat Newby, vice
president of Northrop Grumman's Land and Self Protection Systems
Division. "The demonstrated high-reliability of STARLite will help
ensure our warfighters have this significant improvement in
surveillance capability readily available to them in theatre, when
needed, in the war against terrorism."

Each STARLite radar features both SAR and GMTI capabilities and
comes equipped with a complete software package for interfacing with
the U.S. Army One Common Ground Station, enabling easy operator control
of the SAR maps and ground moving target detection indication on
standard Army maps. The AN/ZPY-1 leverages Northrop Grumman's
experience in creating the proven Tactical Endurance Synthetic Aperture
Radar and the Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Radar.

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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