Northrop Grumman Selected to Supply U.S. Army With Lightweight Laser Designator Rangefinders
(Source: Northrop Grumman Corp.; issued October 5, 2009)
APOPKA, Fla. --- Northrop Grumman Corporation has been selected by the U.S. Army to provide Lightweight Laser Designator Rangefinders (LLDR) under a five-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract with an estimated value of up to $599 million.

"This contract award extends our opportunity to provide our military warfighters with the equipment they need and are asking for," said Gordon Stewart, Northrop Grumman's Laser Systems vice president and general manager. "We take great pride in our ability to support the warfighter with our LLDR system, and we look forward to continuing that commitment by our work under this contract."

Northrop Grumman's LLDR accurately targets enemy positions during the day, at night and in nearly all battlefield conditions including haze, smoke, fog and rain. It provides a unique capability to forward observers. The system can recognize targets, find the range to a target with an eye-safe laser rangefinder, and calculate target location for smart munitions. The system then provides this information to other digital battlefield systems. The LLDR can also be used with laser-guided munitions.

Northrop Grumman's Laser Systems business unit has delivered over eight hundred LLDR systems since the first Army contract award in 2002. The first delivery order award under this latest ID/IQ contract is valued at $72.7 million.

Northrop Grumman is one of the world's leading manufacturers of military Electro-Optical (EO) targeting systems. These include ground-based (man portable, handheld, and vehicle mounted) EO imaging/ranging systems for target location, laser designators/markers for precise guidance of smart munitions, and airborne laser rangefinders and designators fielded onboard many of the world's most sophisticated manned and unmanned aircraft.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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