(21 February 2006) -- Terma has been awarded a contract by the Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) to provide Electronic Warfare (EW) equipment for the Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA) – the new submarine hunting aircraft being built by Boeing for the U.S. Navy - designated the P-8A. Built on a Boeing 737-800 platform, the P-8A will replace the P-3 Orion that has been in service since 1962.
Northrop Grumman has been selected by Boeing and the U.S. Navy to also provide the Electronic Warfare and Aircraft Self-Protection (EWSP) suite for the P-8A aircraft. In this context Northrop Grumman has chosen the Terma’s AN/ALQ-213(V) Electronic Warfare Management System (EWMS) to integrate and control the suite of Electronic Warfare subsystems. The program also includes provisions for future growth.
The P-8A Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA) is a long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft. It possesses an advanced mission system for maximum interoperability in battle space. Capable of broad-area, maritime, and littoral operations, the P-8A MMA is expected to influence how the U.S. Navy's maritime patrol and reconnaissance forces train, operate, and deploy.
The system was originally developed for the F-16 aircraft. In a number of updated versions, the system was later certified and selected by the USA, Norway, The Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Australia, Germany, as well as other countries. More than 1,600 systems have been deployed world wide on fighters, transport aircraft, and helicopters.