[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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