Northrop Grumman to keep munitions on target

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Integrated Systems sector has been awarded a $49 million contract by the US Air Force to provide Precision Guided Munitions Planning Software.

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Integrated Systems sector has been awarded a $49 million, nine-year contract by the US Air Force to provide Precision Guided Munitions Planning Software (PGMPS).

According to Northrop Grumman, this program will give the Air Force a common, integrated, personal computer-based mission planning application for all current and future USAF Precision Guided Munitions (PGMs) and their variants.

The Air Armament Centre at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, selected Northrop Grumman PRB Systems, a unit of the Integrated Systems’ Airborne Early Warning and Electronic Warfare (AEW & EW) Systems business area, to develop the PGMPS user interface to provide a common, consistent weapon planning process for all USAF PGMs.

PGMPS will be a planning component of the Joint Mission Planning System and will replace the current weapon planning modules for the AGM-130/GBU-15, Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), Joint Stand-off Weapon (JSOW), Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser (WCMD), Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) and the Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-off Missile (JASSM).

The first phase of the contract has a value of $4.1 million over 18 months and includes work for WCMD, AGM-130, JDAM and JSOW.

Over the life of the contract, Northrop Grumman will analyse requirements, design, develop, document, test and qualify the initial releases of PGMPS and updates; provide training to support the testing and fielding of the software; and support training and integration to achieve operational use and fielding.