The U.S. Navy awarded a study contract to Northrop Grumman and L-3 Communications for the Navy’s EPX aircraft program. EPX is envisioned as a shore-based, manned aircraft providing intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and targeting support to carrier strike groups and theater, combatant, and national commanders. The Navy initiated a competition in November 2007 to study the replacement of its EP-3E signals intelligence aircraft fleet and the expansion of its mission capability. This contract, valued at $1.25 million, calls for the development of a preferred system concept and analysis of the associated risks and requirements. Work under the contract will be performed in Bethpage, NY, and Waco, TX, and results of the study will be delivered in five months.