ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) will highlight a wide range of defence and security solutions, including cyber-protected C4I solutions, airborne early warning and control systems, aerial surveillance, fire control radars and marine navigation systems, at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121024/LA98563LOGO) IDEX 2013 is the only tri-service defence and security exhibition in the Middle East and North Africa region and will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre Feb. 17-21. Northrop Grumman's exhibit in the U.S. pavilion will be at Stand 03-C08 and CS-1. "Northrop Grumman's strong relationship with the Gulf Cooperation Council countries goes back many decades and is built on a legacy of trust and performance," said David Perry, corporate vice president and chief global business development officer, Northrop Grumman. "Our objective is to continue to work closely with our customers to provide long-term capability solutions and help enhance defence and national security across the region." Northrop Grumman will showcase the world-leading airborne early warning capabilities of its E-2D Advanced Hawkeye with a crew workstation and flyable cockpit simulator in the exhibit stand to demonstrate the E-2D's benefits for military and civil applications. The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye couples a newly designed electronically scanned radar with a matching suite of sensors, avionics, processors, software and displays to provide the most technologically advanced command and control capability available worldwide. The AN/APY-9 radar is the backbone of this aircraft and provides greater flexibility and significantly improved detection and tracking over all terrains. Northrop Grumman has delivered nine E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft to the U.S. Navy and initial operational capability with the U.S. Navy fleet is on track for 2015. The programme was recently approved to enter full-rate production by the Office of the Secretary of Defense after the E-2D was declared operationally suitable and effective following a 10-month initial operational test and evaluation by the Navy.