NIMA chooses Northrop for mapping apps

The National Imagery and Mapping Agency has chosen a team of contractors led by Northrop Grumman Corp. to develop a mapping toolkit for the Defense Information Infrastructure Common Operating Environment.

The contractor will develop a suite of imagery software for the Defense agency, which will provide mapping basics for the DII COE, the software infrastructure that lets DOD applications work together.

Military organizations will be able to use the software for terrain analysis, mapping information, gathering intelligence data and other geographically based functions.

The contract is worth $72 million. Northrop Grumman's IT division will develop the program. Subcontractor Environmental Systems Research Institute of Redlands, Calif., will provide mapping software.

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