Northrop Grumman wins contract extension to provide forensic and biometric capability in UK


Northrop Grumman Corporation has secured a two-year extension to its existing contract from the UK Home Office for providing services, systems operations and maintenance for the Forensic and Biometric Interim Capability (FABrIC).

As per the terms of the extended contract, which commenced in April this year, Northrop Grumman is responsible for the base operations and maintenance of the FABrIC contract and the IDENT1 System.

IDENT1 offers identity management and crime scene forensic systems, which make use of fingerprints as the key means of forensically identifying or resolving identities for law enforcement.

IDENT1 serves around 30,000 users at 500 physical locations and interfaces with other national systems and local police force systems.

Its core capabilities include finger and palm print analysis, print search capabilities with access to international databases, verification of the identities of arrested persons, and information sharing capabilities between the police forces and specialist agencies throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

An important part of the national infrastructure for policing, it is operated in conjunction with Livescan, a way through which fingerprints are captured and sent electronically.

Northrop Grumman Europe chief executive officer Andrew Tyler said: “This contract extension will enable us to maintain continuity of services for the Home Office and to provide the police force with the advanced national identity management capabilities they need.”

Northrop Grumman will continue to work together with the Home Office to deliver the FABrIC service. As the prime contractor and service operator, the company will lead the key subcontractors and third party suppliers for the deployment of this system.

Northrop Grumman is a global security company providing systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, strike, and logistics and modernisation to customers worldwide.