TAG: Northrop Grumman

Air Force awards contract to support GPS modernization

January 13, 2016By

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded an order to support embedded GPS/inertial navigation system (INS) pre-Phase 1 modernization efforts. The Military GPS User Equipment (MGUE) program is developing M-code-capable GPS receivers, which are mandated by Congress after fiscal year 2017 and will help to ensure the secure transmission of accurate military signals. Under the cost-plus-fixed-fee order valued at $4.8 million... read more

DARPA awards Northrop Grumman contract for unmanned system demonstration

January 11, 2016By
An illustration of Tern, Northrop Grumman's next-generation unmanned system for maritime ISR and strike. (Image: Northrop Grumman)

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Office of Naval Research have awarded Northrop Grumman the third phase of the Tern unmanned systems program. Phase three plans include final design, fabrication and a full-scale, at-sea demonstration of the system. Tern seeks to develop an autonomous, unmanned, long-range, global, persistent intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) and strike system intended to safely... read more

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New Zealand Navy gets navigation upgrade

January 11, 2016By

Northrop Grumman has been selected by the New Zealand Ministry of Defence to provide navigation suite upgrades to the two Royal New Zealand Navy’s ANZAC Class Frigates. The suites will replace existing MK49 inertial navigation units with fourth-generation MK39s. The new units feature an embedded data distribution system, reduced weight and size, and autoselect features that ensure the highest quality... read more

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Northrop Grumman Gives Award to Curtiss-Wright for Global Hawk

September 8, 2015By
An RQ-4 Global Hawk soars through the sky to record intelligence, surveillence and reconnaissance data. (Courtesy USAF)

Curtiss-Wright Corporation’s Defense Solutions division was honored by Northrop Grumman for its role as a supplier in support of the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS). Global Hawk has flown 150,000 total flight hours supporting diverse global missions. Carrying a variety of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensor payloads, Global Hawk supports anti-terrorism, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, airborne communications and information-sharing... read more

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On the Edge: The Precision to Carry On

March 1, 2015By
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When asked to do a small survey job overseas, we were concerned about shipping bulky and expensive survey equipment. Shipping costs are not trivial. Add to that the real possibility that your survey equipment may be confiscated by the local authorities, as ours was in Djibouti, and the cost of shipping equipment becomes a substantial part of the overall job. There should be alternatives, especially if accuracy requirements are not stringent. read more

Obstacles in the Orbit Path of GPS III

February 25, 2015By

A Lockheed Martin vice president has stated that the first GPS III satellite will likely launch in 2017, not 2016 as had been projected in the most recent update. The company is readying the first satellite for launch availability by the end of 2015, for launch as early as the end of this year, but Space News reports that Mark... read more

Northrop Grumman Finishes Tests of Handheld Precision Targeting Device

October 1, 2014By
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A new handheld targeting system developed by Northrop Grumman will enable soldiers to engage targets with precision munitions while providing digital connectivity to related military units. The unit has successfully completed developmental testing at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, the company said. The Hand Held Precision Targeting Device, or HHPTD, locates, acquires, designates, marks and enables rapid target... read more

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Boeing, Northrop Grumman Enter GPS III Bid

July 8, 2014By

Northrop Grumman and Boeing have responded to a U.S. Air Force call for contractors interested in building a follow-on set of GPS III satellites, according to a report in Space News. Lockheed Martin is under contract to deliver the first eight GPS III satellites, but the award for up to 22 further IIIs remains open. Difficulties with the payload for... read more

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