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Australia contracts for C-17 security

CANBERRA, Australia, March 3 (UPI) -- Australia's Defense Materiel Organization has contracted Northrop Grumman of the United States to provide flight-line security for its C-17 aircraft fleet.

Under the contract, Northrop will deliver its Expeditionary Tactical Automated Security System for the protection of the C-17s while at home air stations and during expeditionary operations.

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ExTASS is an implementation of the Tactical Automated Security System deployed at more than 100 sites worldwide by the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps. Like TASS, ExTASS is an open architecture, command-and-control platform for the integration of a variety of sensors designed for force-protection missions.

The system provides for real-time detection and assessment of intrusions, thus allowing immediate coordination of appropriate response. The ExTASS will be configured in a mobile trailer for quick deployment.

"This contract demonstrates the continued cooperation between the U.S. and Australia in the worldwide fight against terrorism," said Michael Danick, programs director with the integrated command, control, communications and intelligence systems business of Northrop Grumman Information Systems sector. "We are proud to expand on our critical infrastructure and force protection capabilities to support the Australian Department of Defense."

The dollar value of the contract wasn't disclosed.

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