Northrop Grumman’s Italia and LITEF Subsidiaries Celebrate 50th AnniversariesBy Northrop Grumman Corporation, PRNE
Sunday, June 19, 2011
PARIS, June 20, 2011 -
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) is celebrating the 50th
anniversaries of Northrop Grumman Italia and Northrop Grumman
LITEF, the company’s navigation systems subsidiaries.
The subsidiaries are integral parts of Northrop Grumman’s
Woodland Hills, Calif.-based Navigation Systems Division, offering
the flexibility of local companies combined with the international
reach of a global corporation. This provides the unique ability to
provide navigation products worldwide.
Northrop Grumman Italia (NGI), which is based in Pomezia, Italy,
and the Freiburg, Germany-based Northrop Grumman LITEF were both
established in 1961 to support the manufacturing, assembly and
repair of the LN-3 Inertial Navigation System for the F-104
Starfighter aircraft. Since then, the subsidiaries have become
industry leaders in producing fiber-optic navigation systems and
inertial measurement units, among other products.
“NGI and Northrop Grumman LITEF are key contributors, not only
to our company’s success, but also to the worldwide navigation
systems landscape,” said Liz Iversen, sector vice president and
general manager of Northrop Grumman’s Navigation Systems Division.
“As we celebrate this major milestone, we look forward to their
continued growth and many more fruitful years.”
NGI and Northrop Grumman LITEF have a history of mutually
beneficial cooperation. During the 1970s, the companies
collaborated on the development and production of the Tornado
Secondary Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS), which
functions as a backup navigation system and sensor for flight
control. Also, during the early 1990s, NGI and Northrop
Grumman LITEF were chosen by the main European collaborative
program, the Eurofighter, to provide the aircraft with its latest
navigation system, Inertial Measurement Unit and various airborne
computers. In 1993, the companies jointly launched the fiber-optic
gyro (FOG) land navigation system for Army applications.
In 2001, Northrop Grumman LITEF began developing
micro-electro-mechanical system gyros, which have become one of the
subsidiaries’ specialties. In 2003, NGI began expanding into
international markets with the commercial success of the LISA-4000
AHRS, which provides flight reference and navigation data.
In 2002, NGI was chosen to retrofit the U.S. Army’s entire UH-60
Blackhawk helicopter fleet with the LISA-200 FOG AHRS, which
provides vehicle pitch, roll, magnetic heading and turn rate data
to the avionic subsystem of an aircraft. Meanwhile, between 1993
and 2008, Northrop Grumman LITEF established its worldwide
leadership in FOG systems by producing and delivering more than
64,000 FOG axes to customers.
Today, NGI and Northrop Grumman LITEF continue to design and
manufacture precision equipment using state-of-the-art fiber optic
and laser gyro technology. NGI employs more than 260 people in its
facility near Rome, while Northrop Grumman LITEF employs
approximately 700 people in Freiburg.
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Katie Lamb-Heinz, Paris Air Show, +1-847-815-0755, Katie.lamb at ngc.com, or Gina Piellusch, +1-818-715-2285, gina.piellusch at ngc.com, both of Northrop Grumman Corporation
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