The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's (AFLCMC) Cryptologic and Cyber Systems Division has contracted Northrop Grumman to continue the development and deployment of the US Air Force’s Cyber Mission Platform (CMP).

CMP is a comprehensive cyberspace operations system that provides the hardware/software host for offensive cyber operations.

As part of a $37m three-year task order, the $9.4m contract has a one-year base period of performance.

The task order has been awarded under the US General Services Administration Alliant Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC).

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems cyber and intelligence mission solutions division vice-president and general manager Linnie Haynesworth said: “We are honoured to support the airforce in fielding this critical warfighting platform.

"Our agile approach will greatly increase the airforce’s ability to ensure a strong deterrent force in the face of an ever-changing cyber threat."

“CMP enables rapid integration of cyberspace capabilities, enhancing how warfighters can respond to the dynamic and evolving mission environment.

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“Our agile approach will greatly increase the airforce’s ability to ensure a strong deterrent force in the face of an ever-changing cyber threat.”

Using its ‘agile-earned value’ approach and model-based systems engineering, the company will help troops to quickly respond to emerging requirements and facilitate shorter development times.

The company will carry out work under the contract at its facility in San Antonio, US, with resources from across the Northrop Grumman enterprise to support the 24th Air Force, Air Force Space Command, and AFLCMC.

Northrop Grumman will continue development, integration, fielding and sustainment for the CMP programme that was originally awarded to the company in August 2014.