NIMA picks Northrop to make mapping app

NIMA picks Northrop to make mapping app

The National Imagery and Mapping Agency has chosen a team of contractors led by Northrop Grumman Corp. to develop a commercial joint 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 toolkit is expected to improve the software NIMA now uses by combining commercial geographic information systems into the DII COE and other military systems.

Military units will use the software for terrain analysis, mapping information, gathering intelligence data and other geographically based functions, according to a press release issued by Northrop Grumman.

The common operating environment is the software infrastructure that enables Defense applications to interoperate.

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

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