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Northrop, Trex Enterprises in license agreement

APOPKA, Fla., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman will produce and integrate celestial navigation capability into ground targeting systems under a deal with Trex Enterprises Corp.

Trex Enterprises, a California technology company, developed and matured the core technology for the subsystem, which provides greater accuracy in locating targets.

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"The integration of celestial navigation technology marks an important milestone on the precision targeting technology roadmap," said Gordon Stewart, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman's Laser Systems business unit. "We will continue to refine and grow the application of celestial navigation for precision targeting across our production laser systems for U.S. and coalition warfighters."

The value of the licensing agreement was not disclosed.

"Trex is excited to collaborate with Northrop Grumman to further advance and mature our celestial navigation technologies and products," said Ken Tang, chairman and chief executive officer of Trex Enterprises. "The synergy between Trex research and development expertise and Northrop Grumman engineering and production capability will surely increase and accelerate benefits to our soldiers."

Northrop said it has completed formal qualification for its ground soldier targeting system with the celestial navigation enhancement and is delivering systems to support the immediate needs of deployed soldiers.

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