Northrop in $427 million U.S. Air Force satellite deal

WASHINGTON Tue May 24, 2011 6:16pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Northrop Grumman Corp (NOC.N) has won a $427 million U.S. Air Force deal for work toward modifying a previously planned National Polar Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System to establish a Defense Weather Satellite System "baseline," the Defense Department said on Tuesday.

The White House announced on February 1, 2010, that the civil-military weather satellite program was to be dissolved, and that two separate lines of polar-orbiting satellites to serve military and civilian users would be pursued instead.

Work on the modification project will be performed by Northrop Grumman Space and Mission Systems of Redondo Beach, California, the Pentagon said in its daily contract digest. The notice did not define the scope of work nor specify what was meant by "baseline" for the new project.

(Reporting by Jim Wolf; editing by Gunna Dickson )

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