[Freemanlist2] Northrop Grumman, Israeli Aerospace Industries to Offer Rapid Response, Operational Surveillance Satellites

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Northrop Grumman, Israeli Aerospace Industries to Offer Rapid Response, Operational Surveillance Satellites
(Source: Northrop Grumman Corp.; issued April 11, 2007)
[With thanks to www.defense-aerospace.com ]

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. --- Northrop Grumman Corporation and Israeli Aerospace 
Industries (IAI) have teamed to build and launch operational surveillance 
satellites in a responsive production cycle to provide U.S. government users 
with unique, all-weather, day/night imaging capabilities.

The initiative is a rapid response, low-risk and affordable space-based 
radar imaging system designed for 24-hour surveillance in all weather 
conditions from a low earth orbit. The system is planned as an operationally 
responsive space initiative that can deliver critical new capabilities to 
users about 28 months after authorization to proceed.

Northrop Grumman's Space Technology sector will combine its proven 
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) mission systems 
engineering and systems integration capability with IAI's TECSAR 
high-resolution, synthetic aperture radar imaging satellite. Mission 
assurance capabilities, including secure communications and other U.S. 
system requirements, will be incorporated into the spacecraft by Northrop 
Grumman with final integration and test at its facilities in Redondo Beach, 

Based on IAI's TECSAR multi-mode X-band radar imaging satellite, this new 
system can provide significant, near-term, day/night and all-weather point 
and area collection capability to meet the immediate needs of warfighters in 
theater as well as those of the broader intelligence community. The first 
TECSAR satellite is scheduled for launch in summer 2007 for the Israeli 
Ministry of Defence. Northrop Grumman plans to demonstrate the new rapid 
response capability following the launch.

"This new system provides a capability that complements both existing and 
U.S. military and intelligence community capabilities being developed,'' 
said Alexis Livanos, corporate vice president and president of Northrop 
Grumman's Space Technology sector. "When they want to move quickly on any 
given contingency, users now have an option that offers greatly reduced 
timelines for deploying tactical satellites at low cost and at very low 

"An all-weather, day/night system like this adds an operationally responsive 
capability to the U.S. inventory that is critically needed,'' said Jeff 
Grant, vice president of Business Development for Northrop Grumman's Space 
Technology sector. "Adding a responsive radar imager to our current and 
planned mix of space and airborne assets will enable us to hold the high 
ground on a global scale when dealing with the threats we face today.''

The satellite is operated with a compact, portable ground system that 
provides the flexibility to perform tasking and data dissemination from the 
continental U.S. or from any operational theater. The satellites can be 
individually launched from a low-cost Minotaur or Falcon 1 rocket, or as a 
group of four or more on an EELV-class launcher.

Israel Aerospace Industries, formerly known as Israel Aircraft Industries, 
is a recognized leader in the aerospace and defense industry and Israel's 
largest industrial exporter. IAI, the developer of the TECSAR spacecraft, is 
one of Israel's leading defense electronics companies and a leader in 
intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance 

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology 
company whose 122,000 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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