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5 novembre 2015 4 05 /11 /novembre /2015 17:20
Northrop Grumman Long Range Strike Bomber concept

Northrop Grumman Long Range Strike Bomber concept

Nov 05, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Fortune; published Nov 04, 2015)


The Air Force’s New Bomber Faces A Pentagon Budget Battle (excerpt)


As Congress seeks billion in defense cuts, America’s new $100 billion stealth bomber looks for space in the Pentagon’s long-term spending plan

The battle over who will build the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation stealth bomber came to a close last week, but a new conflict is already developing at the Pentagon. A defense budget passed Friday has Congress and military planners seeking $5 billion in defense cuts, as the Air Force prepares to squeeze another costly development program into a Pentagon budget already packed with big-ticket weapons buys.

Last week’s award of the Long Range Strike Bomber program, or LRS-B, to Northrop Grumman over a joint bid by defense giants Lockheed Martin “LMT” and Boeing “BA” marks what is expected to be the Pentagon’s last major combat aircraft program for a decade. But as defense planners embark on a slew of much-needed modernization programs over the next decade, money remains scarce—and could grow scarcer still.

With limited funds to go around, the LRS-B program could find itself competing for funds with myriad Pentagon programs amid tightening budgets. The U.S. Navy has embarked on a major program—starting in the early 2020s—to replace its fleet of Ohio-class nuclear submarines, a key component of the nation’s nuclear deterrent. The U.S. Army is engaged in a multi-billion dollar effort to upgrade its ground vehicles and plans to develop and buy a whole new fleet of helicopters in the 2020s. Meanwhile, the Army, Navy, and Marines are all engaged in the $400 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.

Within the Air Force alone, the LRS-B will join a number of major new and ongoing programs. In the next several years, the service plans to begin replacing its fleet of E-8 ground surveillance aircraft known as JSTARS, its aging Vietnam War-vintage T-38 jet trainers, and its land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles.

A new combat rescue helicopter and a replacement for Air Force One are in the works. Meanwhile, Air Force brass have also prioritized ramping up production on both the F-35 and the KC-46 aerial refueling tanker—made by Lockheed and Boeing respectively—at the same time the LRS-B is trying to get off the ground. (end of excerpt)

Click here for the full story, on the Fortune website.

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4 novembre 2015 3 04 /11 /novembre /2015 17:20
NGC Awarded Engineering, Manufacturing and Development Contract for US Navy's SEWIP Block 3 Development


Nov 2, 2015 ASDNews Source : Northrop Grumman Corporation


Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a $91.7 million engineering, manufacturing and development (EMD) contract from the U.S. Navy to further mature system designs for the AN/SLQ-32(V)7 (SEWIP B3) electronic warfare system. Under the contract, Northrop Grumman will finalize integration modeling and test plans, and produce two prototype models for laboratory and field testing. The contract award follows the successful completion of the preliminary design review (PDR) for the electronic warfare system.

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28 octobre 2015 3 28 /10 /octobre /2015 12:35
A U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk soars through the sky during a reconnaissance mission. U.S. Air Force photo

A U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk soars through the sky during a reconnaissance mission. U.S. Air Force photo


Oct. 23, 2015 By Ryan Maass (UPI)


SEOUL -- Northrop Grumman corporate officials and industrial partners in South Korea celebrated the first unmanned aerial vehicle component parts manufactured in the country on Thursday. The company officials met during the Seoul International Aerospace Defense Exhibition (ADEX), an industrial aerospace and defense exhibition showcasing around 400 firms. Firstec and Korea Jig and Fixtures displayed component parts for the RQ-4 Global Hawk, an unmanned aerial vehicle designed for high-altitutde, long-endurance intelligence and reconnaissance operations.

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28 octobre 2015 3 28 /10 /octobre /2015 12:20
Le futur bombardier stratégique américain LRS-B de l’US Air Force pourrait ressembler au B2 de Northrop Grumman

Le futur bombardier stratégique américain LRS-B de l’US Air Force pourrait ressembler au B2 de Northrop Grumman


28.10.2015 par Aerobuzz.fr


L’US Air Force a annoncé le 27 octobre 2015 qu’elle avait choisi Northrop Grumman pour construire son futur bombardier stratégique à long rayon d’action (LRS-B ou Long-Range Strike Bomber). Elle n’a pas retenu la proposition du consortium Boeing / Lockheed Martin qui a maintenant 100 jours pour faire appel de cette décision. Le contrat d’un montant estimé à 80 milliards de dollar porte sur la fourniture d’une centaine d’appareils dont le prix final d’acquisition a été fixé à 564 millions de dollars pièces. Sur les 80 Md$, dans un premier temps, 21,4 sont destinés au développement, à l’outil de production et à une première série de 21 avions.

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27 octobre 2015 2 27 /10 /octobre /2015 17:20
Boeing and Lockheed Martin Statement on U.S. Air Force Long Range Strike-Bomber Decision


WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2015 – Boeing.com


Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today released the following statement on the U.S. Air Force’s decision to award Northrop Grumman the Long Range Strike-Bomber contract:


The Boeing and Lockheed Martin team is disappointed by today’s announcement. We will have further discussions with our customer before determining our next steps. We are interested in knowing how the competition was scored in terms of price and risk, as we believe that the combination of Boeing and Lockheed Martin offers unparalleled experience, capability and resources for this critically important recapitalization program.


Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes and defense, space and security systems. In addition, Boeing supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in more than 150 countries. The company’s products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training. Boeing employs more than 165,000 people across the United States and in more than 65 countries. Company revenues for 2014 were more than $90 billion. Follow us on Twitter: @Boeing.


Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 112,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2014 were $45.6 billion.

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13 octobre 2015 2 13 /10 /octobre /2015 16:20
The U.S. Marines' G/ATOR radar system. Photo Northrop Grumman

The U.S. Marines' G/ATOR radar system. Photo Northrop Grumman


BALTIMORE, Oct. 12 By Richard Tomkins   (UPI)


A capability to detect and target ground-based weapon threats by the U.S. Marines' G/ATOR radar system is to be developed by Northrop Grumman.


The U.S. Marine Corp has tapped Northrop Grumman to develop and test a ground weapon locating capability for its AN/TPS-80 radar system. The AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar, or G/ATOR, is a ground-based active electronically scanned array radar system from Northrop Grumman with a scalable open system architecture and a compatibility with other U.S. command-and-control systems. Under the software upgrade contract, which is worth more than $58.7 million, Marines operators of the C/ATOR system will have a common hardware solution with the ability to switch between air surveillance, air defense, ground weapon locating, and air traffic.

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8 octobre 2015 4 08 /10 /octobre /2015 07:35
photo Northrop Grumman

photo Northrop Grumman


06 October, 2015 by James Drew – FG


Washington DC  - Northrop Grumman has built the first F-35 centre fuselage destined for Japan’s domestic joint strike fighter assembly plant, operated by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI).


The company says the centre fuselage is the core of AX-5, Japan’s fifth example, and will become the first to enter Japan's Nagoya final assembly and checkout plant instead of prime contractor Lockheed Martin’s facility in Fort Worth, Texas. “It is the 207th centre fuselage that the company has produced at its Palmdale site, and the 30th such unit delivered this year,” the company said in a 4 October statement. “[MHI] will perform final assembly and checkout of the Japanese F-35As. The process includes mating the centre fuselage to the forward fuselage/cockpit and wings produced by Lockheed Martin, and the aft fuselage produced by BAE Systems.”


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21 septembre 2015 1 21 /09 /septembre /2015 07:50
MQ-4C Triton photo US Navy

MQ-4C Triton photo US Navy


15 September, 2015 BY: Beth Stevenson - FG


London - Ahead of the release of the UK’s Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) next month, Northrop Grumman remains hopeful that the nation’s maritime patrol capability gap can be filled with its MQ-4C Triton high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) unmanned air vehicle.


This is not the first time that Northrop has expressed interest in the UK as a customer for the Triton, and it is eagerly awaiting the review in the expectation that it will address the shortfall in maritime surveillance. “SDSR is ongoing and we’re watching that very closely. We’re hoping that they’ll get a maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) out of it,” says Drew Flood, Triton programme executive for Europe at Northrop. The UK appears to favour the acquisition of the manned Boeing P-8 Poseidon aircraft, and Northrop hopes that it will follow the lead of the US Navy and Royal Australian Air Force in supplementing that platform with the MQ-4C.


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15 septembre 2015 2 15 /09 /septembre /2015 12:20
B-2 Spirit of Ohio lifts off from U.S. Air Force Plant 42 for one of its final pre-delivery flight tests.- photo LM

B-2 Spirit of Ohio lifts off from U.S. Air Force Plant 42 for one of its final pre-delivery flight tests.- photo LM


PALMDALE, Calif., Sept. 14, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)


The U.S. Air Force expects to increase the number of B-2 stealth bombers available for combat by one full jet and reduce fleet sustainment costs significantly under a new maintenance agreement worked out with B-2 prime contractor Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC).


Under the contract modification signed in April, Northrop Grumman will give each B-2 a major, end-to-end overhaul – a process called programmed depot maintenance (PDM) – once every nine years. Each jet currently undergoes PDM once every seven years. The PDM process, which includes a complete restoration of the jet's exterior surfaces, is performed at the company's Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in Palmdale.


"This new approach to B-2 maintenance is a win-win for the Air Force and the nation," said Brig. Gen Eric Fick, Program Executive Officer for Fighters and Bombers within the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio. "It will enhance the jet's readiness to conduct global security missions, and is expected to save taxpayers about $900 million in maintenance costs over the life of the fleet."


"The nine-year PDM cycle is part of an aggressive on-going effort by Northrop Grumman and the Air Force to increase bomber availability," said Pat McMahon, sector vice president and general manager for military aircraft systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "Our experienced work force has critically reviewed every PDM material and process for potential improvements. As a result, we've been able to reduce the length of the PDM process, and increase the time between PDM periods."


Bolstered by the adoption of USAF best practices used by other Northrop Grumman programs, the new nine-year overhaul cycle will reduce the average length of B-2 PDM to 365 days, down from more than 400 days in previous years. Under the new rhythm, Northrop Grumman will induct a B-2 into PDM approximately once every six months.


"Our delivery of the B-2 Spirit of Ohio back to the Air Force in August marked the last time we expect to have more than two jets in PDM at any one time," said McMahon. "Fewer jets undergoing PDM in Palmdale will keep more B-2s ready to serve the nation's security needs."


The B-2 is the only long-range, large-payload U.S. military aircraft that can penetrate deeply into denied access enemy air space. It can fly 6,000 nautical miles unrefueled and more than 10,000 nautical miles with just one aerial refueling, giving it the ability to reach any point on the globe within hours and hold at risk an enemy's most heavily defended targets.


The latest B-2 product news and information from Northrop Grumman is available at http://www.northropgrumman.com/B-2.


Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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NGC's AQS-24B Mine Hunting System Sets New Standard for Synthetic Aperture Sonar


Sep 14, 2015 ASDNews Source : Northrop Grumman Corporation


In a U.S. Navy field test, Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) AQS-24B mine hunting system successfully demonstrated the ability to perform synthetic aperture sonar processing at 18 knots in real time. The AQS-24B was developed at Northrop Grumman's Undersea Systems campus in Annapolis. The field testing took place at the U.S. Navy Central Command in Bahrain, May 19-28. The AQS-24B finished 12 for 12 in successfully executing missions during the test exercise. During separate Tactics Development trials in Panama City, Florida, the AQS-24B achieved a record long single sortie tow duration of 16.25 hours from a surface ship.


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6 juin 2015 6 06 /06 /juin /2015 07:50
L'OTAN a commandé cinq Global Hawk. photo Northrop Grumman

L'OTAN a commandé cinq Global Hawk. photo Northrop Grumman


05/06/2015 par Emmanuel Huberdeau – Air & Cosmos


Northrop Grumman a présenté le 4 juin 2015 le premier drone HALE (Haute Altitude Longue Endurance) Global Hawk destiné à l'OTAN, baptisé "NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft".


La commande du Global Hawk avait été décidée en 2012 lors du sommet de l'OTAN. A Chicago, les pays de l'alliance avaient alors signé le contrat d'acquisition de cinq drones  "stratégiques” RQ-4 Global Hawk Block 40.


Northrop Grumman annonce que le système a été développé en collaboration avec des industriels européens dont Airbus Defence and Space, Selex ES et Kongsberg. Au total, les industriels de 15 pays (Sur les 28 de l'OTAN) ont été impliqués dans le programme AGS. Les 28 pays de l'alliance participeront ensuite au soutien du système sur le long terme. L'achat des drones et des équipements associés, ainsi que la formation du personnel, représentent un coût de plus d'un milliard d'euros, selon l'Otan. Les coûts de fonctionnement de l'AGS au cours des vingt prochaines années seront supérieurs à 2 md€. La France ne participe pas au programme d'acquisition.


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27 mars 2015 5 27 /03 /mars /2015 12:20
RCAF Chinooks to be outfitted with missile defence system

Canada's new CH-147F Chinook medium- to heavy-lift helicopter makes its way from the nation's capital, up the Ottawa valley to its new home at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa, Ont., on June 27, 2013. Canada and the RCAF have purchased 15 of these Boeing helicopters. PHOTO: Cpl Darcy Lefebvre


March 25, 2015 David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen


The RCAF’s new Chinook helicopters will be outfitted with a missile protection system built by Northrop Grumman Corporation.


As part of the advanced aircraft survivability equipment suite, the latest generation directional infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) system protects the Chinook and its crew by automatically detecting a missile launch, determining if it is a threat and activating a high-intensity, laser-based countermeasure system to track and defeat the missile, the U.S. firm stated in a news release.


Northrop Grumman’s various infrared countermeasure systems are now installed or scheduled for installation on more than 1,000 military aircraft around the world to protect 55 different types of large fixed-wing transports and rotary-wing platforms from infrared missile attacks, the firm noted.


No details were provided on the value of the contract or when the systems would be delivered.

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24 mars 2015 2 24 /03 /mars /2015 12:20
AN-APG-78 Longbow Fire Control Radar - photo NG

AN-APG-78 Longbow Fire Control Radar - photo NG




Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) will highlight a full range of solutions aimed at providing best-value enhancements and game-changing capabilities during the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) Mission Solutions Summit. The event will be held March 29-31 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.


Northrop Grumman's booth 800 will spotlight tailored enhancements that help preserve command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) dominance, expand mission capabilities and create tomorrow's solutions for today's Army Aviation force.


Featured in the booth will be the company's digital helicopter cockpit and integrated avionics solutions. Derived from the U.S. Army's UH-60V Black Hawk program, the system offers an affordable, integrated suite of avionics equipment. The system's integrated architecture can be applied to many platforms and sustained through a single software package.


Among the multifunction/multiplatform solutions on display will be the Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM) system, which is a lightweight and highly reliable laser-based countermeasure system that is designed to integrate and operate with legacy and emerging missile warning systems for rotary wing, tilt-rotor and small fixed-wing aircraft across the military services.


The company will also showcase the AN/APR-39D(V)2, a radar warning receiver and electronic warfare management system designed to maximize survivability by improving aircrew situational awareness via interactive management of all onboard sensors and countermeasures.


Additionally, Northrop Grumman will highlight its Passive Infrared Cueing Sensor (PICS), Advanced Threat Warner (ATW) and family of tactical radars including STARLite, VADER and Longbow. A number of Navigation Systems (including LN-200, LN-200A; LN-251; LISA 200; LN-100; LN-260; LN-270) will also be on display.


Information on the solutions showcased at the show is available online.


Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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23 mars 2015 1 23 /03 /mars /2015 17:20
Northrop Grumman Names Alan Lytle Vice President, Undersea Systems


ANNAPOLIS, Md. – March 20, 2015 – Northrop Grumman Corporation


Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has named Alan Lytle vice president, Undersea Systems business unit, for the company's Electronic Systems sector, effective immediately.


In his new position, Lytle will have executive responsibility for all Undersea Systems programs and products involving the design, development and production of advanced undersea capabilities including submarine sensors, unmanned maritime systems, minehunting systems and torpedoes. He will be based at the company's facility in Annapolis.


Lytle joined the company in 2010 as director, Undersea Systems special defense programs. In 2013, he assumed the role of director, business development and strategy, focusing on emerging and growth markets in the undersea domain.


Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Lytle was a principal investigator and program manager at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. His primary research areas were field robotics and 3D imaging systems. Lytle is also a U.S. Navy submarine officer and served on fast attack submarines before transitioning to the Navy Reserve. He currently holds the rank of captain.


Lytle earned bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in engineering from Virginia Tech. He is also a graduate of the Naval Command and Staff program at the Naval War College.


Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 08:20
Programme T-X  : Lockheed pourrait envisager de repartir de zéro

Air-to-air right side view of an USAF T-38 Talon aircraft from 560th Flying Training Squadron, Randolph AFB, TX, taken from the 3rd aircraft in echelon formation as lead aircraft banks to the left.- photo USAF


10/03/2015 par Antony Angrand – Air & Cosmos


Après Northrop Grumman, c'est maintenant au tour de Lockheed de garder sous la main une alternative possible concernant le programme T-X. Northrop Grumman est reparti d'une feuille blanche en abandonnant la version du T-X autour du BAE Hawk, faisant appel à Scaled Composites pour sa nouvelle mouture. Lockheed garde en option un appareil créé de toutes pièces, en parallèle au T-50 Golden Eagle.


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4 mars 2015 3 04 /03 /mars /2015 12:20
E-2D Advanced Hawkeye - photo US Navy

E-2D Advanced Hawkeye - photo US Navy


March 2, 2015 By John Keller - militaryaerospace.com


PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 2 March 2015. U.S. Navy aviation experts are ordering one advanced E-2D maritime patrol and air control aircraft from its manufacturer, Northrop Grumman Corp., under terms of a $148.3 million contract modification announced Friday.

Officials of the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., are asking the Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems segment in Melbourne, Fla., to provide one E-2D full rate production advanced Hawkeye radar surveillance aircraft.


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9 février 2015 1 09 /02 /février /2015 17:20
Northrop to produce additional airborne mine detection systems for US Navy


3 February 2015 naval-technology.com/


The US Navy has awarded a contract to Northrop Grumman for additional AN/AES-1 airborne laser mine detection systems (ALMDS).


Northrop will also manufacture five ALMDS pod subsystems and provide equipment, spares and technical support services.


Northrop Aerospace Systems electronic attack / maritime systems integration director Doug Shaffer said: "The airborne sensor has the capability to keep our sailors out of the minefield, and we are producing it while reducing the per-pod price over previous buys that helps enable the navy to meet their cost targets."


Northrop to produce additional airborne mine detection systems for US Navy

The helicopter-mounted ALMDS is capable of rapidly locating surface and near-surface moored mines and deactivating them before they cause harm to military or commercial vessels.


Using pulsed laser light and streak tube receivers integrated in an external equipment pod, the system generates 3D images of the complete near-surface volume area of the sea.


Mainly aimed at assisting US and allied ships to counter underwater mines, it will serve as a major component of the littoral combat ship mine countermeasures mission package.


The Northrop ALMDS team consists of Areté Associates, Cutting Edge Optronics, CPI Aerostructures, Curtiss Wright Defense Solutions and Meggitt Defence Systems.


To date, the US Navy has received 12 pods as part of four low-rate initial production lots.


Northrop has also delivered four pods to the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force for integration on EH-101 helicopters.

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Northrop to design clean-sheet T-X trainer for USAF


6 Feb 2015 By: Dan Parsons - FG


Washington DC - Northrop Grumman has opted to design a brand new aircraft for the US Air Force’s T-X trainer programme rather than a modified version of the BAE Systems Hawk it had planned to pitch. Northrop has delegated the design work to Scaled Composites subsidiary, which is responsible for revolutionary aerospace innovations like the SpaceShipOne commercial space ship. Development of the new aircraft is apparently well along. Northrop says it will fly by the end of 2015.


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4 février 2015 3 04 /02 /février /2015 08:20
Northrop Grumman to Deliver Additional Mission Packages for US Navy Littoral Combat Ship Program


Feb. 2, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Northrop Grumman Corp.; issued Feb. 2, 2015)


BETHPAGE, N.Y. --- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NOC) has received a $21.6 million contract from the U.S. Navy for two additional Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mission packages. As the mission package integrator, the company will deliver one mission package for surface warfare and one for mine countermeasures.


The capabilities contained in the various mission modules directly support the three LCS primary missions – surface warfare, mine countermeasures and antisubmarine warfare. Mission modules facilitate efficient modular mission package embarkation, mission package operations at-sea, and debarkation / logistics support.


"As the mission package integrator for LCS we are committed to meeting the demanding requirements of our warfighters, while providing supplier base stability and reducing cost to the Navy," said Doug Shaffer, director, electronic attack/maritime systems integration programs, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "As more Littoral Combat Ships enter service, the U.S. Navy/Northrop Grumman team has stepped up to make sure the mission modules are available when needed to achieve initial operational capability (IOC)."


Northrop Grumman has delivered three mine countermeasures and three surface warfare mission modules for LCS. A fourth mine countermeasures mission module is in production and scheduled for delivery in 2015. The fourth and fifth surface warfare mission modules are also in production and scheduled for delivery in early 2015. Northrop Grumman performs the final integration work and completes delivery at the Mission Package Support Facility located at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, Calif.



Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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27 janvier 2015 2 27 /01 /janvier /2015 17:50
Northrop Grumman Awarded Cyber Security Contract by UK Government


LONDON – Jan. 27, 2015 – Northrop Grumman


Northrop Grumman Corporation is among the companies that have been awarded a contract by the government of the United Kingdom to provide a range of cyber security solutions.

Under this competitively awarded, seven-year framework contract, Northrop Grumman will provide engineering and development services in support of data security and information assurance.

"As a long-standing partner with the U.K. government, we are proud to have been selected to support the security of their digital domain and the protection of its citizens," said Kathy Warden, corporate vice president and president, Northrop Grumman Information Systems. "With more than 30 years of cyber security expertise that has been developed and deployed around the world, we look forward to continuing our work with some of the brightest industry and academic minds to deliver world class operational performance, scaled to the mission, and to increase our U.K.-based workforce that will support cyber innovators of the future."

"We have a well-established and growing presence in the U.K. and this strategically important contract award reflects the strong customer relationships that we have established here over the years," said Andrew Tyler, chief executive for Europe, Northrop Grumman. "We are committed to strengthening this partnership and to bringing our advanced cyber technologies and deep understanding of today's global security threats to this programme."

Northrop Grumman continues to invest in U.K.-based cyber security capabilities with new facilities in England, where it has set up an Advanced Cyber Technology Centre of Excellence, a global collaboration initiative to advance high-end solutions to our customers' most challenging cyber problems.

Northrop Grumman is also investing in the development of the next generation of cyber specialists. The company entered into a partnership with Cyber Security Challenge U.K. under which it has launched the youth-based cyber defence competition CyberCenturion in the U.K. aimed at building tomorrow's cyber workforce. Northrop Grumman is also mentoring a diverse set of small and medium enterprise partners and investing in research and development with select U.K. university partners.

Northrop Grumman is a leading provider of full-spectrum cyber solutions to the United States government and to allied nations around the world. The company builds cyber into every system, platform, and product that it produces in order to enhance mission assurance and resiliency, while investing both in innovative technology and cyber talent of the future. For more about Northrop Grumman in cyber, go to www.northropgrumman.com/cyber.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernisation to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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APG-79(V)X radar - photo Raytheon

APG-79(V)X radar - photo Raytheon


19.01.2015 By Stephen Trimble - FG


Washington DC - A new competition has emerged to upgrade the radars for potentially hundreds of the original Boeing F/A-18 Hornet fighters operated by US and foreign militaries.


Northrop Grumman and Raytheon have confirmed plans to offer tailored versions of each company’s active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars for so-called “legacy” F/A-18 Hornets, including A, B, C, D models.


Raytheon recently performed a flight test of the APG-79(V)X radar, a system scaled down from the APG-79 installed on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.


“I was sitting in the testbed myself and watching it real time it felt like watching the APG-79 I saw in the fleet,” says Michael “Ponch” Garcia, a Raytheon business development director and former US Navy F/A-18E/F pilot and instructor.


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21 janvier 2015 3 21 /01 /janvier /2015 07:35
Japan Selects Northrop Grumman's E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and RQ-4 Global Hawk to Improve Intel Gathering Capabilities


REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Jan. 18, 2015 – Northrop Grumman


The Japan Ministry of Defense has selected two Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) systems to enhance its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.


Under a process known as type selection, the Japanese government chose the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft and the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system to help maintain the country's sovereignty.


Type selection identifies the capabilities and systems to be purchased to meet specific defense requirements. Following selection, the U.S. government will be asked to enter into the foreign military sale (FMS) process for these items.


"Northrop Grumman has a long history working with Japan's Air Self-Defense Force and we look forward to continuing that relationship for many years to come," said Mary Petryszyn, vice president for International, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "We are very pleased the Japan Ministry of Defense has expressed confidence in these systems and look forward to working with our U.S. military customers through the FMS process."


Contract terms, timing and quantities of aircraft are yet to be determined and, as such, details are not available at this time.


Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

Japan Selects Northrop Grumman's E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and RQ-4 Global Hawk to Improve Intel Gathering Capabilities
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Northrop Claims New Record for Global Hawk UAV

Jan 8, 2015 defense-unmanned.com

(Source: Northrop Grumman; issued Jan 7, 2015)

High Altitude Long Endurance Unmanned Aircraft Series Sets New Flight Record

SAN DIEGO --- The U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk and other variants of Northrop Grumman Corporation's High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) series continued to prove their value to U.S. government agencies by flying more intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) mission hours in one week than ever before.

The UAS series flew 781 hours from Sept. 10-16. The Air Force's RQ-4 Global Hawk flew 87 percent of the missions; the U.S. Navy's Broad Area Maritime Surveillance- Demonstration (BAMS-D) aircraft and NASA's Global Hawk hurricane research asset flew the rest. HALE's far-reaching weekly record surpasses the company's previous weekly flight record of 665 hours set in February.

"There are at least two Global Hawks in the air at all times providing indispensable ISR information to those that need it," said Mick Jaggers, Global Hawk UAS program director, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "The 2014 fiscal year was the most active yet for the Global Hawk, with a 40 percent year over year increase in flight hours."

Within weeks of the record, Northrop Grumman delivered two new RQ-4 Global Hawk aircraft to the Air Force. A wide area surveillance model arrived at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota, on Sept. 10 and Beale Air Force Base. received a multi-INT model Oct. 3.

The increases in flight hours and size of the fleet will give combatant commanders more ISR capabilities at a time when demand often outstrips aircraft availability.

Manufactured at Northrop Grumman facilities in Moss Point, Mississippi, and Palmdale, these latest RQ-4 Global Hawk models complete a four aircraft buy by the Air Force and brings the Air Force's total Global Hawk fleet to 33. In August, the Air Force signed an agreement requesting three more Global Hawks. Those aircraft are scheduled for delivery in 2016 and 2017.

Northrop Grumman's HALE UAS series have exceeded more than 130,000 total flight hours. An average of 75 percent of flight hours are in support of combat/operational missions.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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Seoul finalises $657 million Global Hawk purchase


17.12.2014 by Craig Hoyle – FG


Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract worth more than $657 million to provide South Korea with a surveillance fleet of RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned air vehicles.

Detailed by the US Department of Defense in a contract notification announcement dated 16 December, the deal will cover the provision of four Block 30-standard RQ-4B Global Hawks, enhanced integrated sensor suite mission payloads “and the applicable ground control environment elements”.

Work under the Foreign Military Sales contract will conclude by June 2019, the DoD says.


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X-47B May Begin Automated Aerial Refueling Demonstrations Next Year


08.12.2014 By Valerie Insinna - nationaldefensemagazine.org


The Navy’s carrier-based unmanned aircraft demonstrator is undergoing preparations for automated aerial refueling testing next year, including a possible flight demonstration using the aircraft itself, said officials from the service and X-47B manufacturer Northrop Grumman.

Thusfar, the Navy had used a surrogate aircraft for AAR testing.

The service in June 2014 awarded a contract modification to Northrop Grumman for aerial refueling research, development, test and evaluation efforts at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland, Capt. Beau Duarte, the Navy’s X-47B program manager, wrote in an emailed statement.


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