Northrop Grumman's Common Imagery Processor Successfully Handles New Global Hawk Data on Testbed

Thu Mar 14, 2013 10:00am EDT

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BALTIMORE, March 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Common
Imagery Processor (CIP) has demonstrated an important new capability by processing Global Hawk
Block 40 data on the Distributed Common Ground System - Imagery (DCGS-I) testbed.

A live flight event late last year marked the first time that Global Hawk Block 40 data was
successfully received, processed and disseminated on the DCGS-I testbed using the CIP. After the
Global Hawk platform transmitted the newest Block 40 concurrent modes data to the testbed, the CIP
processed and transmitted this data to other downstream ground station components for viewing and

As the primary sensor processing element of the DCGS-I testbed based in China Lake, Calif., the
CIP accepts airborne imagery data, processes it into an exploitable image and then outputs the
image to other elements within the testbed. The CIP is the standard image processor used by the
U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). The CIP also helps coalition partners to consolidate redundant
and stovepiped processing systems.

The CIP's latest software allowed for the newest synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery mode to be
processed while simultaneously passing the ground moving target indicator data on to another
system for processing. The CIP is the only platform capable of processing concurrent SAR data.

"Northrop Grumman continually provides soldiers an upper hand through the CIP's innovative imagery
capabilities that process images quickly and efficiently," said Ed Bush, vice president of
Northrop Grumman's C4ISR Networked Systems business unit. "Additionally, the program reflects our
open architecture approach and quick fielding of integrated software-based systems through the use
of commercial and government off-the-shelf components."

The CIP has been involved in numerous integration and test activities for many platforms and
sensors. This includes Empire Challenge, an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
demonstration that promoted interoperability between U.S. and coalition Distributed Common Ground
System assets.

Since 2000, the CIP has applied its critical ability to ingest data via the Common Data Link to
serve as the main imagery processor of the DCGS-I testbed. The DOD uses the DCGS-I testbed to
evaluate new intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance technologies in an operational
environment. The testbed has been an active participant in ongoing block upgrades for the Northrop
Grumman-developed Global Hawk unmanned aircraft.

Additionally, Northrop Grumman offers the virtualized Common Imagery Processor, also referred to
as vCIP, a cost-saving, software-only processing upgrade to the CIP. Already owned by the U.S.
government, this architecture allows processing capability to be hosted on a customer's Linux
computer environment and eliminates new hardware costs. Software functionality includes all
current sensor processing modes and enhancements already available in the CIP software baseline
along with the latest compliance registration afforded by the Joint Interoperability Test Command.

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