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Northrop, Air Force study aerial networks

March 15, 2006 at 6:51 PM

MELBOURNE, Fla., March 15 (UPI) -- A research program studying the challenges of military airborne communications networking could lead to advances in the civilian sector as well.

The U.S. Air Force and Northrop Grumman will spend 18 months looking at ways to enhance developing systems that the military is using to tie together various forms of data, voice, imagery and other communications.

Northrop officials in Florida said in a statement that its experience in the development of military network technology gives it a running start on the project it will carry out with the Air Force's Electronics Systems Center.

"Accelerating potential airborne-networking capabilities would provide critical support to the warfighter as well as to commercial applications,'" Northrop Vice President Paul Meyer said in a statement.

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