Northrop Grumman’s IT sector awarded $72 million contract

Northrop Grumman’s Information Technology sector has been awarded a $72 million contract to help develop the US National Imagery and Mapping Agency’s Commercial Joint Mapping Toolkit.

A team led by Northrop Grumman has been selected by the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) to develop its Commercial Joint Mapping Toolkit (C/JTMK).

The contract is worth $72 million to Northrop Grumman’s Information Technology (IT) sector, and will add approximately 30 jobs to the company’s offices in Chantilly, Virginia.

According to Northrop Grumman, the program will focus on the development of a commercial version of NIMA’s Joint Mapping Toolkit, which provides military and intelligence agencies with a common suite of imagery software versus independent versions produced by various organisations.

C/JMTK will provide the mapping foundation for the defence information infrastructure common operating environment (DII COE).

The DII COE is a software infrastructure that is said to enable mission applications, such as the manoeuvre control system, shipboard command and control systems, theatre battle management core system, and global command and control systems, to interoperate and share common software functions.

The C/JMTK program will build upon and commercialise the existing Joint Mapping Toolkit concept, a common suite of US government software that has provided the mapping utilities, analysis tools and visualisation capabilities.

This commercialisation will reportedly provide enhanced functionality, interoperability and value by combining the best that government and industry have to offer in applying standard mapping software to the US Defence Department’s needs.