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Northrop wins Army contract for ground station upgrade

BOULDER, Colo., Nov. 14 (UPI) -- A $36 million pre-planned product improvement contract has been given to Northrop Grumman Corporation for its Joint Tactical Ground Station project.

The ground station, which carries the acronym JTGS, is an in-theater information processing system that receives and processes data downloaded from satellites about missile threats and then disseminates alerts and warnings.

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Under the three-year award, Northrop will develop and deliver two prototype systems to the Army.

Development work will include design, fabrication, test and demonstration of the prototypes.

"This contract begins the development phase of the JTAGS P3I program, bringing us closer to delivering improved missile warning for our warfighters," said Ed Bush, vice president of Northrop Grumman's C4ISR Networked Systems business unit. "This award continues our longstanding relationship with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command."

The new units, with enhanced capabilities, will replace JTAG systems currently in use by the Army, Northrop said.

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