Northrop expands its sensor markets

Farnborough Air Show » 2006
November 27, 2006, 5:41 AM

Northrop Grumman has arrived at FI 2006 with a quiver full of new contracts and program developments that show its growing presence in the international sensor technology and defense electronics market.

The U.S. group has just been awarded a new contract study for the UK’s maritime airborne surveillance and control (MASC) program. This study will focus on a manned, rotary-wing solution for the MASC, which is the future architecture for the UK’s maritime surveillance and battle management capability. Follow-on phases are expected to further define preferred options as the program progresses toward a production contract.

Separately, Northrop Grumman is working with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on a risk mitigation test and evaluation of the Litening AT targeting pod onto the RAAF’s fleet of Boeing F/A-18 fighter aircraft. Northrop Grumman recently celebrated 500,000 operational hours for the Litening, which was introduced into the company’s Defensive Systems Division in 1999.

A new $90 million contract to run through September 2009 has been awarded for the integration of a new airborne surveillance radar onto the Global Hawk unmanned aerial system platform. Northrop Grumman is developing this radar jointly with Raytheon as part of the multi-platform radar technology insertion program. Tests of the pod that will house the radar started on board the high-altitude Proteus test aircraft on April 27.

Northrop Grumman has operations in 25 countries with about 120,000 employees worldwide. These systems and other products can be seen at the company’s main outside pavilion here at Farnborough.

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