The U.S. Marine Corps awarded Northrop Grumman a $207 million modification to a previously awarded contract to begin low-rate initial production (LRIP) of four ground/air task-oriented radar (G/ATOR) systems, plus spares and support. G/ATOR is the first Pentagon’s first program to develop a ground-based, multi-mission active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, the company said.
Northrop Grumman’s Litef subsidiary in Freiburg, Germany, has been selected by Airbus Helicopters to provide the attitude heading and reference system (AHRS) for a variety of helicopter types. Based on the standard LCR-300 AHRS, the new LCR-350 system features a micro electromechanical system (MEMS) inertial measurement unit and enables a directional gyro mode that minimizes compass errors. Available for both civil and military rotary-wing platforms, the LCR-350 is expected to go into production in 2016.
Losing bidders have protested the U.S. Air Force’s contract award to Raytheon for the Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar (3DELRR) program to replace the service’s primary ground-based aerial search radar. Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin filed protests with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on October 21 and 22, respectively.
The U.S. Air Force awarded Raytheon a $19.5 million contract for engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) of the Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar, a mobile radar the company says will detect, identify and track drones, missiles and aircraft.
The U.S. Navy is shifting its developmental fleet of unmanned MQ-4C Tritons across the country to introduce mission systems and continue flight- testing the new maritime surveillance aircraft. The first of three Triton system development test articles (SDTA) arrived recently at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.; the other two will follow by the end of October.
Aspiring maintenance and other technical professionals will have an opportunity to witness what the industry has to offer on October 3 when 250 students will participate in a science, technology, engineering and math-based (Stem) educational event. The Aerospace & Aviation Career Day at Melbourne International Airport in Florida is sponsored by Northrop Grumman and held in cooperation with the Brevard Schools Office of Career and Technical Education and the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Boeing is now proposing the 737-700 Boeing Business Jet airframe for the emerging U.S. Air Force JStarsTARS (Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System) replacement program. Eyeing the same requirement, meanwhile, Northrop Grumman has been flying a smaller, company-owned Gulfstream G550 development aircraft.
The threat of renewed U.S. government budget sequestration in FY2016 loomed large at this week’s U.S. Air Force Association (AFA) conference and exposition. Nevertheless, Air Force leadership seemed confident that they could protect their top-priority procurements: the F-35 stealth fighter, KC-46 tanker and the long-range strike bomber (LRS-B). This same week, the U.S. Congress passed a continuing resolution to enable uninterrupted spending on operations and procurement from October 1, the start of FY2015. A definitive National Defense Authorization (NDA) for FY2015 is not expected until January.
Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy completed the preliminary design review (PDR) for the aerial refueling system of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early-warning aircraft, the company announced on September 3.
Northrop Grumman will supply mission avionics for 700 to 900 U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopters, upgrading them to a UH-60V designation, the company said. Redstone Defense Systems, of Huntsville, Ala., awarded the contract of undisclosed value.
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