Northrop Grumman to Supply Navigation Systems for AW609 Tiltrotor
Northrop Grumman (Booth No. 502) will supply its latest flight information equipment for the AgustaWestland AW609 civil tiltrotor, the company announced at Heli-Expo 2014.
Developed by Northrop Grumman Litef in Germany, the LCR-110 inertial reference system and LCR-300A air data attitude heading reference system will be standard equipment on the AW609, which is now undergoing FAA certification testing. The combined avionics suite will allow AW609 pilots to perform precision required navigation performance (RNP) flight operations.
“This suite of combined equipment provides critical flight control and navigation data to help the aircraft achieve required availability, precision and the highest levels of integrity,” said Eckehardt Keip, managing director of Northrop Grumman Litef. “Our products enhance precision navigation operations, improve safety margins, save weight and volume and provide attractive commercial advantages.”
In a separate announcement, the company also celebrated the five-year extension of a 2008 contract to supply its LCR-100 AHRS for the Bell 412. Keip described Northrop Grumman Litef’s agreement with Bell on the B412 as “one of the cornerstones of our success.”