ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has announced the start of the 2013 Innovation Challenge Flying Competition. Northrop Grumman is the industry sponsor of this competition, which is held in coordination with the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investments (ADASI) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121024/LA98563LOGO) The flying competition, which is open to the public as spectators, is taking place at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu DhabiApril 23-24. Spectators are welcome from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event features unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) designed and built by United Arab Emirates (UAE) student teams who were mentored by Northrop Grumman engineers. "Innovation Challenge is a significant opportunity for students to apply mathematics and science knowledge to a real-world engineering project," said Gene Fraser, corporate vice president, programs, quality and engineering at Northrop Grumman. "Through this competition, Northrop Grumman helps contribute to Abu Dhabi's Economic Vision 2030. The program allows students to combine their academic knowledge with practical experience as they prepare to enter a competitive work environment. We are proud to sponsor this event and look forward to an exciting competition." Tayeb Kamali, vice chancellor, HCT, said that Innovation Challenge was an important milestone for HCT students. "We are very pleased to see our students, both male and female, utilize the knowledge gained during their classes in such a hands-on manner during this event," Kamali said. "We are again grateful to Northrop Grumman for committing such wonderful support, which provides our students with enriching experiences in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics." In 2010, Northrop Grumman signed a memorandum of understanding with HCT to develop initiatives in the UAE related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Innovation Challenge is a result of this partnership, and ADASI and AUVSI formalized their participation in the event by signing memorandums of understanding in February during the International Defence Exhibition and Conference.