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Northrop Grumman has secured a contract to support the US Air Force Weather (AFW) in its mission to deliver a full range of terrestrial and space environmental information, products and services to military users worldwide.

Under the terms of the $300m systems engineering, management and sustainment (SEMS) III contract, the company will continue to facilitate enterprise-level systems engineering, systems management and sustainment services.

Awarded by the 55th Contracting Squadron, the indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract also requires the company to support scientific projects, the transition of new capabilities to operations, logistics analysis and management, and testing and fielding support.

Northrop Grumman Information Systems Intelligence Systems and Reconnaissance division vice-president and general manager Linnie Haynesworth said: "The Northrop Grumman SEMS team ensures all systems are operational and available, enabling the air force to provide the continuous, complete and current weather information that is so critical to our military for mission success."

Northrop first received the SEMS contract in 2002, with an initial task to consolidate the air force’s weather systems to reduce the costs of maintaining individual weather systems.

"The company will continue to facilitate enterprise-level systems engineering, systems management and sustainment services."

The company’s primary SEMS work includes supporting AFW’s continuing enhancement of existing systems, development of enterprise-level distribution methods that use network-centric services, expanding on-demand capabilities and fully integrating environmental domain data from land, sea, atmosphere and space sensors.

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To date, the company has supported weather data analysis, point analysis intelligence system, air force weather web services, and the space weather analysis and the forecast system.

The operational numerical weather modelling systems, including the land information system, weather research and forecast model, cloud depiction and forecast system II, and AFWA coupled assimilation and prediction system, were supported.

Work under the contract is scheduled to be primarily performed at the Air Force Weather Agency, headquartered at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, US.

AFW supplies all environmental information and forecasts needed by the US Air Force, Army and Special Operations forces and other military users for mission planning, combat operations by military units in the field, and airfield and flight operations.

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