Northrop Grumman Corporation announced this morning that it has received an indefinite contract with the U.S. Navy to create and install high-tech security systems for the U.S. Navy around the world. The awarding of the indefinite contract (which means Northrop Grumman will still have to "compete for delivery") could be valued at more than $39 million, and follows a similar contract award to Northrop Grumman in 2007 for $9 million.
For the contract, Northrop Grumman will be providing an integrated sensor and command-and-control system designed to detect and assess intrusions. The system is referred to as the Tactical Automated Security Systems (TASS); it is designed for active force protection. According to Northrop, the system will be used to protect U.S. Navy and Marine Corps forces at bases and at frontline deployments.
"Northrop Grumman has been the primary developer of the TASS system over the past eight years," said Mike Twyman, vice president of Integrated Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence Systems for Northrop Grumman's Information Systems sector, in a statement announcing the indefinite contract. "As a field-proven solution deployed to nearly 100 worldwide locations, we feel confident that this solution will continue to provide our warfighters with wide-area and close-in protection of critical assets, including forward-deployed and domestic bases and air fields, range safety, and tactical flightline protection."