Northrop's new war software for Air Force running late and over budget

|About: Northrop Grumman Corporation (NOC)|By:, SA News Editor

Northrop Grumman’s (NOC -0.6%) program to develop an upgraded, cyber-hardened network for major air operations has nearly doubled in cost and a key deadline has slipped by more than three years, the U.S. Air Force says.

The network's development phase is now estimated to cost $745M, up from $374M originally, according to a report submitted to Congress last week and seen by Bloomberg; including procurement and support, the system has a projected $2.98B price tag.

The air operations network “is essential to national security,” the report says, and must be modernized “to address today’s evolving cyber environment,” command-and-control mission changes “and accelerating technological advancements."