BAE Systems-Northrop Grumman Submit Bid for Ground Combat Vehicle Competition

ARLINGTON, Virginia – The BAE Systems-Northrop Grumman team pursuing the U.S. Army’s Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) submitted its proposal to the Army today.

„As a top supplier to the U.S. military we must continue to evolve and provide enhanced protective capabilities to our soldiers as they operate in increasingly dangerous environments,“ said Mark Signorelli, vice president and general manager of Ground Combat Vehicle at BAE Systems. „We have provided our customers with a proposal that meets their requirements, mitigates risk, will deliver on schedule and is affordable.“

The BAE Systems-Northrop Grumman GCV offering will be the first combat vehicle designed from the ground-up to meet the current IED-threat environment. The team offering brings more survivability, mobility and versatility to the Army and is scalable to the level of protection required for a variety of operations. The team’s GCV survivability will exceed that of a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle and the enhanced mobility capabilities will allow it to effectively operate in urban and cross country environments.

„As proven by our proposal, both Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems will exploit decades of hard won, hands-on experience to provide the warfighter with the most potent, fully integrated combat platform capable of prevailing on any battlefield, anywhere in the world,“ said Joe G. Taylor, Jr., Northrop Grumman Information Systems‘ vice president for Ground Combat Systems.

The teams‘ vehicle will also have an integrated electronic network capability and embedded intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets to connect warfighters. The design concept is based on mature technology and provides a low risk approach to a highly compliant solution. The advanced electronic network will also be adaptable to future network upgrades.

BAE Systems is the top producer of combat vehicles in the world and earlier in the year announced a teaming agreement with Northrop Grumman Corporation. Northrop Grumman will serve as the C4ISR (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) lead for GCV.

The GCV program is a development effort headed by the U.S. Army to develop the first combat vehicle designed from the ground-up to operate in an IED-threat environment.

About BAE Systems
BAE Systems is a global defense, security and aerospace company with approximately 107,000 employees worldwide. The Company delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. In 2009 BAE Systems reported sales of £22.4 billion (US$ 36.2 billion).

About Northrop Grumman Corporation
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.

For further information, please contact

Kelly Golden, BAE Systems
Tel: +1 703 894 3569 Mobile: +1 717 818 7400

Janis Lamar, Northrop Grumman
Tel: +1 703 345 7046

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