Northrop Grumman Continues Legacy of Building Aerial Targets for the U.S. Navy With BQM-74E Contract Award

BQM-74E Aerial Targets

February 18, 2009, San Diego -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a $49 million modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 160 BQM-74E Aerial Targets and associated technical data for the U.S. Navy.

The BQM-74E is a high fidelity subsonic, subscale, jet-powered aerial target capable of being launched from land-based, shipboard, or airborne platforms. It is a highly maneuverable and flexible platform used to replicate enemy cruise missiles and aircraft for fleet training, and to test and evaluate anti-ship and anti-aircraft defensive weapons systems. It is routinely employed from remote fixed land sites and during deployed open ocean operations. Work is expected to be completed by May 2011.

Since 1968, the MQM/BQM-74 series of aerial targets has been the workhorse of the Navy's subsonic aerial target inventory, providing over 80 percent of all U.S. Navy target presentations. (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)

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