Northrop Grumman to Provide Hand Held Precision Targeting Devices to U.S. Army

Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:00am EST

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APOPKA, Fla., Jan. 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The U.S. Army has awarded a contract to Northrop
Grumman (NYSE:NOC) to supply Hand Held Precision Targeting Devices (HHPTDs).

The HHPTD is an advanced targeting system weighing less than 5.5 pounds and providing a greater
degree of precision than previous systems. To supply the accurate information needed on the modern
battlefield, the device incorporates a celestial navigation module. Devices such as the HHPTD
allow forces on the ground to relay accurate targeting data to aircraft and command centers. Under
the terms of the $9.2 million contract, Northrop Grumman will supply the systems over a three-year

"With the Hand Held Precision Targeting Device, we have used the experience we gained from the
production of the Lightweight Laser Designator Rangefinder IIH to create a smaller, more
lightweight targeting system," said Gordon Stewart, vice president and general manager of the
laser systems business unit. "The HHPTD puts the targeting accuracy needed for today's precision
GPS munitions in the hands of the warfighter."

Northrop Grumman has delivered more than 25,000 electro-optic laser systems. Currently deployed
and in-production systems include man-portable products such as the Lightweight Laser Designator
Rangefinder IIH and the Mark VII and Mark VIIE laser target locators; ground vehicle products such
as the M1 Abrams Eyesafe Laser Rangefinder and the Sight Integrated Rangefinder for Stryker
vehicles; and airborne products such as the Target Acquisition Designation Sight for the AH-64
Apache and lasers for unmanned aerial vehicles and helicopters; and Viper countermeasure lasers
for the AN/AAQ-24(V) Directional Infrared Countermeasures system used to protect soldiers from the
threat of infrared-guided missiles.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and
solutions in unmanned systems, cybersecurity, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government
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