Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC – News) has been selected by the U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center for a contract worth up to $21.9 million for the Alternative Infrared Satellite System (AIRSS) Program Research and Development Announcement (PRDA) effort.

AIRSS is a risk reduction initiative to develop requirements and a viable design that will enable the government to prepare a procurement package for both an AIRSS demonstration system and the subsequent AIRSS objective system.

Under the terms of the contract, Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems sector will provide planning for mission integration and software development approaches for the ground-based processing segment of an AIRSS flight demonstration system. The initial contract comes with two options. If the options are exercised, Northrop Grumman would also provide system design and systems software architecture definition for the ground segment of an AIRSS objective system and initial flight processing solution refinement for the AIRSS demonstration system.

“Northrop Grumman is pleased to provide the technology, hardware, software and ground processing architectures and design for the AIRSS objective system and flight demonstration efforts,” said Joseph J. Ensor, vice president of Surveillance and Remote Sensing for Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems sector. “This is a core business for us, and we look forward to continuing our long-term relationship with the U.S. Air Force on overhead non-imaging infrared programs.”

In January, Northrop Grumman received a $24.8 million contract to define system-level performance requirements for the space, ground and launch segments and key subsystems for the AIRSS program.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 122,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.