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Northrop Grumman in $7.3M defense contract for 'machine learning'

Northrop Grumman's Bethpage unit will work on a

Northrop Grumman's Bethpage unit will work on a contract for the U.S. Navy EA-18G electronic warfare jet. Credit: U.S. Navy

Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Bethpage unit has won a $7.3 million contract to develop "machine-learning algorithms" for U.S. Navy EA-18G electronic warfare jets, the Defense Department announced.

"Machine learning," used in self-driving cars and recommendations on Netflix and, lets computers perform functions without explicit programmed instructions.

The contract for the "reactive electronic attack measures" program is designed to let the EA-18G Growler jam "agile, adaptive and unknown hostile radars" and let U.S. attack aircraft operate undetected.

The EA-18G is based on the airframe of the F/A-18 Hornet, an attack jet widely used by the Navy.

The contract, announced Wednesday, is expected to be completed by December 2019.

An initial $461,000 was allocated in fiscal 2018 for research, development and testing.


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