HERNDON, Va., July 6 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman said Monday it will compete to be prime contractor for the U.S. Army's airborne reconnaissance and surveillance system.
The Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System program requires the integration, modification and delivery of Hawker Beechcraft 350ER aircraft to support ground combat troops with persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information.
Under the Army proposal, four development aircraft are to be delivered within 18 months of the contract award. There is also an option for delivery of four additional low-rate initial production aircraft.
"Advanced IRS solutions, such as EMARSS, are required by our men and women in uniform decisively engaged in irregular warfare in Afghanistan today," said Tom Price, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman Technical Services. "Our EMARSS proposal is strengthened not only by our superior performance on similar programs but also through combining the core ISR capabilities that reside across the Northrop Grumman Corporation."
(Editor's note: Refiling to clarify headline, Northrop Grumman to bid on project, which is yet to be awarded; deleting final paragraph.)