Northrop Grumman has been selected by the US Navy to develop and improve combat systems trainers aimed at increasing affordability, usability and fidelity during training for critical operations.

Under the task order, which is worth $33 million if all options are exercised, Northrop Grumman will provide designs, prototypes and products for new and updated training systems for enhanced training realism while being more affordable and easier to operate.

The company will also carry out system analysis and development, technology refresh, product assurance and performance evaluation, under the direction of the Naval Undersea Warfare Centre (NUWC) Division Newport.

The training capabilities will allow sailors to prepare for important operations including navigation, sensor control and weapons launching.

Jack Dorsett, vice-president of C2 systems, Northrop Grumman Information Systems, said that the company would extend its partnership with the Navy for the development and enhancement of command and control (C2) training systems solutions that are higher performing, less expensive, and easier to build and operate.

"We accomplish the objectives without losing fidelity – these systems provide realistic training that allows our sailors to train as they fight," Dorsett added.

The task order has been awarded under the SeaPort-e indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity multiple award contract.

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