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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Navy Acquires Lot of Airborne Attack Systems

The U.S. Navy is acquiring a third lot of Northrop Grumman Improved Capability (ICAP) III airborne electronic attack systems for its fleet of EA-6B Prowlers under a $101.9 million contract. Under terms of the contract, Northrop Grumman will deliver seven systems, plus associated piece parts and spares. Deliveries are scheduled to begin during the second quarter of 2010. ICAP III is the latest of five generations of EA-6 airborne electronic-attack systems designed to identify, degrade and destroy enemy radar-guided air defense and communication systems. The ICAP III includes the ALQ-218 receiver and the algorithms that allow selective-reactive jamming and threat precision geolocation capabilities. ICAP III also has the new Multifunction Information Distribution System. Northrop Grumman, the EA-6B Prowler ICAP III prime contractor, will perform services under this contract in Bethpage, N.Y. Other subcontractors include BAE Systems, Nashua, N.H., and Times Microwave, Wallingford, Conn.

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