Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a $64 million contract extension by the U.S. Air Force to continue as the Operations and Integration (O&I) prime contractor for Mobility Air Force (MAF) Distributed Mission Operations (DMO).

Under the contract, Northrop Grumman will continue providing an on-demand, cyber-secure, distributed training solution for training missions, including virtual air refueling, formation flight, airdrop and tactical training for Air Mobility Command (AMC) crews.

“The MAF DMO mission is to train AMC aircrews in a secure, realistic, networked environment, reducing risk and the operating costs of flight training,” said Sean Carey, AMC chief for MAF DMO. “Our capabilities enable live, virtual, and constructive (LVC) participation in a wide range of MAF, Air Force, joint service and combined exercises.”

Northrop Grumman was awarded the original contract in 2011, with the primary objective of demonstrating the feasibility of achieving virtual air refueling in high-fidelity training simulators – representing the tanker aircraft, boom operator pod and the receiver aircraft – all geographically dispersed yet connected across networks. The extension contract was awarded by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and extends through August 2022.

Northrop Grumman’s DMO solution has earned the first continuous Authority to Operate (ATO) for a program in the Air Force Operational Training Infrastructure (OTI) simulator and training range portfolio.