Northrop Grumman Highlights Industry Leading ISR Capabilities at Aero India 2011By Northrop Grumman Corporation, PRNE
Thursday, January 27, 2011
LONDON, January 28, 2011 - Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) is highlighting its
industry-leading range of capabilities in intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance (ISR) including airborne early warning and control systems for
maritime reconnaissance, fire control radars and unmanned aerial vehicles, at
the Aero India 2011 exhibition and air show.
Aero India, organised by the Defence Exhibition Organisation, Ministry of
Defence and managed by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), takes
place at Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bengaluru, India from Feb. 9-13, 2011.
The Northrop Grumman exhibit is at stand number E12 in Hall E.
"ISR systems are critical to effective homeland security and our
leadership in multiple-domain ISR strongly positions Northrop Grumman to help
create solutions for India's coordinated national defence structure", said
Bill Schaefer, vice president, business development, Northrop Grumman
Aerospace Systems sector. "Developing our relationship with India and our
presence is an important dimension of the company's activities. We look
forward to highlighting our range of products and capabilities and to
supporting India's defence modernization objectives."
The exhibit will showcase Northrop Grumman's world leading capabilities
in airborne early warning and control. Featured will be the E-2D Advanced
Hawkeye and the Multi-role Electronically Scanned Array (MESA) radar.
The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye programme couples a newly designed
electronically scanned radar with a matching suite of sensors, avionics,
processors, software and display's to provide the most technologically
advanced command and control capability available worldwide. The AN/APY-9
radar, with a two-generation leap in capability, is the backbone of this
aircraft and provides greater flexibility and significantly improved
detection and tracking over all terrains. The first E-2D to enter the U.S.
Navy fleet was delivered in July 2010 and aircrew training is currently
underway. An E-2D Advanced Hawkeye crew work-station will be among the
exhibits to demonstrate the benefits of the E-2D for military and civil
applications. India is among the very first countries for which the Advanced
Hawkeye capability has been released.
Northrop Grumman's airborne surveillance capability will also be
highlighted with models of the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned
Aircraft System (BAMS UAS), the Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle
(LEMV) and Fire Scout, vertical unmanned aircraft system (VUAS) multi-role
UAV on display.
The MQ-4C BAMS UAS is based on a maritime derivative of the combat-proven
RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft with sensors and is a multi-mission
maritime ISR system that will provide a continuous on-station presence while
conducting open-ocean and littoral surveillance of targets. Construction of
the first BAMS UAS aircraft began in September 2010.
The MQ-8B Fire Scout has been designed to accommodate a variety of sensor
payloads and recently deployed for the first time aboard a ship with the U.S.
Navy. An at-sea and land-based deployment is planned early this year. The
Fire Scout has demonstrated capabilities to operate from the deck of underway
ships, from remote fields, and in desert environments.
Continuing its industry leading capabilities in unmanned systems,
Northrop Grumman is developing up to three LEMV long endurance hybrid airship
systems for the US Army. This system is designed to be optionally manned,
providing the flexibility to operate with or without a crew onboard, and
sustain altitudes of 20,000 feet for a three-week period, to provide
persistent ISR capability. Final testing of the first LEMV is planned for the
end of 2011.
The MESA surveillance radar is an advanced airborne surveillance sensor
and provides national protection, enabling sophisticated air-to-air and
maritime coverage and integrated friend-or-foe identification. It is the
first of its type with potential capabilities that have yet to be exploited.
MESA provides beam-on-demand electronic scan flexibility, revisits in any
direction at any time, extends range and special features and adjusts
coverage to match threats. A scale model of the array will be available for
Northrop Grumman's role on the P-8I Indian Navy Maritime Patrol aircraft
programme includes early warning self-protection (EWSP) and electronic
support measures (ESM) systems. The EWSP detects and defeats RF and
infrared-guided missile threats and the ESM provides passive radar signals
collection and location capability. The Embedded GPS/Inertial Navigation
System (EGI) provides navigation data for the aircraft.
The company's industry-leading Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA)
programmes will also be featured with a full-scale model of the corporation's
AN/APG-80 fire control radar for the F-16IN Super Viper multi-role fighter
aircraft. The AN/APG-80 shares common architecture with the F-35 Joint Strike
Fighter's AN/APG-81 radar and is the only AESA fire control radar in India's
Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) competition with operational
Northrop Grumman's STARLite a small, lightweight wide area surveillance
radar used for supporting tactical operations, will be highlighted. STARLite
features synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and ground moving target indicator
(GMTI) capabilities for unmanned and manned aerial vehicle applications.
Also featured, will be Northrop Grumman's Multi Spectral EW simulation
products. These products are used for simulating complex EW environments that
cover the entire spectrum of conflict from radio frequency to infrared.
Highlighted too will be the Integrated Battle Management System (iBMS)
which provides the next generation of command and control and enhanced
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose
120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in
aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical
services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit
www.northropgrumman.com for more information.
London, Ken Beedle, office, +44-207-747-1910, cell, +44-7787-174092, Ken.beedle at euro.ngc.com, or Kirsti Dunn, +1-301-373-2388, ext. 2722, Kirsti.dunn at ngc.com, both of Northrop Grumman Corporation
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