CHELMSFORD, Mass. – May 29, 2012 – Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mc.com), a trusted provider of commercially developed application-ready ISR and EW subsystems for defense prime contractors, congratulated Northrop Grumman on its recently announced $1.7 billion contract win with NATO for the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) system. Operating under NATO command, AGS is expected to be the major data source for NATO’s system for Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JISR).
The contract is intended to provide for the purchase, initial operation and maintenance of five Block 40 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft equipped with the Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program (MP-RTIP) advanced ground surveillance radar sensor. Northrop Grumman will be the prime contractor for the program and build the Global Hawk air vehicle, supporting systems and payloads including the MP-RTIP radar, which is capable of detecting and tracking moving objects as well as providing radar imagery of target locations and stationary objects.
“This agreement underscores the vital role of the Global Hawk program around the world in providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance for defense and humanitarian missions,” said Didier Thibaud, President of Mercury Computer Systems’ Advanced Computing Solutions business unit. “We look forward to our continued relationship with Northrop Grumman and the opportunity to contribute to the success of the MP-RTIP program.”
A longtime partner of Northrop Grumman, Mercury provides advanced signal and image processing capabilities required by the MP-RTIP technology. These rugged, high-density building blocks are optimized for exceptional performance and demanding SWaP constraints.