Northrop Grumman to Feature 'Family of Systems' Mission Concepts in AFA Air Warfare Symposium Display

Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:00am EST

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ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Visitors to Northrop Grumman Corporation's
(NYSE:NOC) exhibit this week at the Air Force Association's (AFA's) Air Warfare Symposium will get
a fresh, interactive glimpse of how future wars could be fought.

The company will be featuring a mission concept called "family of systems" (FoS) on several large
touch-screen displays. Representatives will be on hand to demonstrate how the FoS approach can
help reduce costs and make missions more effective. The interactive display in booth No. 403 will
guide visitors through mission scenarios ranging from natural disaster relief or a
counterinsurgency to operations in the most sophisticated enemy threat environments.

Northrop Grumman's exhibit will also feature the company's expertise in military logistics and
training, including ReadyBlue, its mobile flight line management application. A complete look at
the company's AFA-related media activities is available at

FoS was conceived by the U.S. Air Force and the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
think tank as a way to reduce the complexity and costs of future weapons systems. Instead of
putting all of the sensors, weapons and equipment required for a given mission on a single
advanced platform, it spreads capabilities and equipment among multiple, less complex platforms.
Working together, this family of platforms creates a battlefield effect greater than any one
platform can provide.

"A 'family of systems' approach allows the Air Force to buy and build advanced weapon systems more
affordably," said Paul Meyer, sector vice president and general manager, advanced development
programs, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "It also produces more reliable mission outcomes
because no one platform becomes a single point of failure."

Northrop Grumman is helping build customer confidence in the FoS approach though program
performance, innovation and a relentless focus on affordability, Meyer added.

"Our pledge to warfighters is to meet cost and schedule commitments on every program; to make
smart use of technology to increase system performance and reliability, and to ensure, through
intelligent, cradle-to-grave logistics, that they remain ready to perform their mission at all
times," he said.

The FoS presented in Northrop Grumman's display includes seven major elements:

* Information, surveillance and reconnaissance: Airborne, surface and spaceborne platforms that
use sensors to collect and disseminate data.
* Communications: Line-of-sight or beyond-line-of-sight systems that enable information sharing
across the battlespace.
* Battle management command and control: Systems that convert raw data to knowledge and use that
knowledge to direct battlefield activities.
* Electronic attack and cyber: Systems that produce desired effects through electronic means
(jamming, etc.).
* Long-range strike: Weapon systems that include conventional stand-off bombers and stealthier,
longer-range bombers that can penetrate deeply into enemy territory and deliver large amounts of
precision weapons.
* Weapons: Long-range weapons that extend the effective range of delivery platforms, thereby
protecting them against lethal defensive threats.
* Air power practitioner:Coordinates and helps synchronize the operations of the other six FoS

Operating alone or in concert, FoS elements can be used to conduct missions that protect U.S.
forces, project power against an enemy or meet national security requirements.

"Northrop Grumman has prime contractor roles in all aspects of the family of systems, and the
logistics that support it," said Meyer. "From platforms and sensors to proven command and control
technologies to unmatched systems engineering skills, we're ready to help the Air Force develop,
deploy, sustain and modernize affordable systems that will keep our nation secure."

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company that provides innovative systems, products
and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber security, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to
government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit
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