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  • USS Gerald R. Ford’s EMALS is Operational for All Aircraft
    USS Gerald R. Ford’s EMALS is Operational for All Aircraft February 16 2020
    General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced that the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) have been cleared for shipboard launch and recovery of all currently deployed naval aircraft types aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).  This means that CVN 78 completed Aircraft Compatibility Testing (ACT) following 16 days at sea. The aircraft carrier passed sea compatibility tests with EMALS and AAG. It can launch and r...
  • USAF Publishes New Renderings of B-21 Raider
    USAF Publishes New Renderings of B-21 Raider February 2 2020
    US Air Force shared new renderings of the B-21 Raider aircraft. Northrop Grumman’s stealth bomber B-21 will be the successor to the B-1B Lancer and also to the B-2 Spirit, the first bomber invisible to radars. Northrop Grumman won the competition in 2015 and will make a new flying wing that is expected to enter service in the middle of this decade. The jet is expected to fly in 2021, but the USAF does not reveal how many units will be ordered. In the image published ...
  • US Returns Back FLAK Concept
    US Returns Back FLAK Concept January 22 2020
    Increasing high speed anti-ship threats and intensive use of UAVs urged the US to take new measures. In this context, it was announced that the American Navy could return to the airburst ammunition usage for air defence system. At a conference held in the USA, an engineer from Northrop Grumman explained that the company is working on an airburst ammunition that can be used on 30mm guns used on ships. It is aimed that the new projectiles, which are stated to have ...
  • AQS-24 Continues
    AQS-24 Continues January 13 2020
    Northrop Grumman made statements about AQS-24 sonar tests. Tests were carried out with Mine Countermeasures Unmanned Surface Vessel (MCM USV). Tthe AQS-24 system completed the initial sea trials. It was stated that the tests performed according to the new generation Deploy and retrieval system were finalized in the planned direction. AQS-24B, which is used in minesweeping tasks, is capable of real-time detection, localisation and classification. Effective ag...
  • ROKAF receives first Global Hawk UAV
    ROKAF receives first Global Hawk UAV December 28 2019
    Republic of Korea Ministry of National Defence (MND) confirmed that the Korean Air Force (ROKAF) received the first of four Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Block 30 Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on 23 December 2019. The UAV arrived at Sacheon Air Base in South Gyeongsang Province. The three remaining platforms are expected to be delivered in the first half of 2020, although this could change depending on situations.
  • 6 billion $ referendum: Aircraft for Swiss Air Force
    6 billion $ referendum: Aircraft for Swiss Air Force December 24 2019
    The Swiss parliament on Friday approved the purchase of new fighter jets for around $6 billion, but the Socialist Party immediately demanded the question be put to a referendum. Switzerland began seeking replacements for its ageing fleet of fighter jets more than a decade ago. In 2014, the country looked set to purchase 22 Gripen E fighter jets from Swedish group Saab. But Bern has not given up on its quest to boost its fleet, with the government warning that the country's F/A-18s will re...
  • Sixth Generation Concept in Combat Planes
    Sixth Generation Concept in Combat Planes November 8 2019
    France-based Airbus, revealed some basic details of a classified program that will feed into the endeavour to replace the Eurofighter Typhoon. The platform is similar in design to Northrop Grumman's X-47A Pegasus UAV. The super stealthy shape was arrived at in an effort to greatly reduce all relevant signatures – radar, infrared, visual and acoustic.  The tailless aircraft concept features concealed air intakes at the leading edges of the wing – and the engine outlet is f...
  • Northrop Grumman Delivers 500th AN/APG-81 AESA Radar for the F-35 Lightning II
    Northrop Grumman Delivers 500th AN/APG-81 AESA Radar for the F-35 Lightning II November 7 2019
    Northrop Grumman Corporation has delivered its 500th AN/APG-81 fire control radar for the F-35 Lightning II. The Northrop Grumman AN/APG-81 is Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar. The AN/APG-81 radar has long-range active and passive air-to-air and air-to-ground modes that support a wide range of missions. These modes are complemented by an array of stealth features as well as electronic warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance functions.
  • 50 mm Gun to Western Market
    50 mm Gun to Western Market October 14 2019
    Northrop Grumman presents the 50 mm XM913 at AUSA 2019. The modular system offers a very high firepower compared to its predecessors. The system, which has been developed considering the future needs of different countries, especially the US Army, allows the use of 35 mm or 50 mm ammunition with a small kit change. The XM913, which can fire 35x228 or 50x319 mm SuperShot projectiles, is said to be compatible with most existing tower systems thanks to its compact dimensions. XM913, wh...
  • Sector News Issue 76 August 9 2019
    The first British P-8 Poseidon Flies Desert Warrior’s New Name Saudi Arabia and France Cooperation Navy to Work with Northrop Grumman Robots on the Field First Griffon Delivered ACAR-K Radar is in the Inventory of Argentine Armed Forces Turkey's First Electric Armoured Vehicle Began Testing 53 percent Growth from STM Hürjet Counting Down Days ...
  • Training Support for the Recon
    Training Support for the Recon August 6 2019
    Rockwell Collins Simulation & Training Solutions awarded $40M contract for E-8 aircrew training device sustainment. This contract provides for contractor logistics support and training system support centre operations of the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System Aircrew training device. The Northrop Grumman E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) is a United States Air Force Airborne ground surveillance, battle management and command and control aircra...
  • USA has Green Signalled
    USA has Green Signalled July 31 2019
    The United States has green signalled Republic of Korea’s request to provide Contractor Logistics Support for four RQ-4 Block 30 Remotely Hawk high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles. Seoul had requested to purchase contractor logistics support, programme management, depot and organisational level maintenance, technical and logistics services, and other related elements of logistics and programme support, adding that the total estimated programme cost i...
  • Northrop Grumman Receives Further Orders
    Northrop Grumman Receives Further Orders July 31 2019
    U.S. Air Force awards contract to Northrop Grumman for advanced electronic warfare pods. The value of the contract is $44 million. Northrop Grumman received the order following a series of rigorous tests designed to verify the system’s capabilities and readiness for operations. The tests were representative of modern combat scenarios and involved multiple, simultaneous threats. The pod demonstrated the ability to identify, locate and counter sophisticated threats and keep airc...
  • Raiders About to Fly July 27 2019
    The new B-21 Raider stealth bomber is making good progress, USAF Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson said. Speaking on deterrence and the need to modernize the nuclear command, control, and communications network, Wilson said he was at Northrop Grumman’s facilities in the last few weeks, “looking at the B-21,” and said the company is “moving out on that pretty fast’’. US Air Force is analysing the long-range strike capability of the platform, but they s...
  • E-2D Hawkeye gets new APY-9 Radar
    E-2D Hawkeye gets new APY-9 Radar July 26 2019
    Lockheed Martin has signed a contract for the production of modern radars for the E-2D Hawkeye aircraft program with Northrop Grumman.  Production of 24 APY-9 radars will start within the contract which is worth 600 million US dollars. The APY-9 radar program is nearing completion of existing five-year production contract in 2020, and this new contract calls for another five years of production with deliveries spanning from 2021 to 2025. The latest radar order will include Lockheed Marti...
  • Navy to Work with Northrop Grumman July 26 2019
      US Navy selects Northrop Grumman as design agent for AN/SPQ-9B radar. As design agent, Northrop Grumman provides support to existing and future systems, troubleshoots issues, performs redesign efforts. This follow-on engineering services contract will continue to support the installed base of 50 AN/SPQ-9B radar systems on ships and at six land sites, as well as future systems as they are delivered to the fleet. It will provide the Navy with uninterrupted technical assistance ...
  • Problems for F-35 in Turkey
    Problems for F-35 in Turkey July 17 2019
      S-400 air defence systems that Turkey had purchased from Russia, arrived in Turkey. Missiles, which form the strike force of the system, are expected to arrive by navy soon. With these developments, Turkey, is progressing step by step in the supply route maps previously announced. In other side, the US, that openly opposed to Turkey to acquire these systems, and announced the roadmap as precaution. In the US’ roadmap, priority is given to F-35 aircraft. At pre...
  • Confusion on F-35
    Confusion on F-35 June 26 2019
    The US has released the F-35 roadmap, which is planned to be implemented as of July 31st. Turkey is a Level 3 Partner of F-35 Lightning II Program and Turkey's unwinding is confusing in both industry and operational areas. The United States, the main contractor of the program according to the roadmap, will follow these steps. Pilot and Maintainer Training There are currently 42 students attending F-35 training in the U.S. at Luke Air For...
  • JLTV to Hunt Tanks
    JLTV to Hunt Tanks June 25 2019
    US-based Oshkosh Defense LLC announces a trial of new JLTV vehicles. A JLTV launched the FGM-148 Javelin missile as part of the trial at the Redstone Test Center in Alabama. LAunch was made via Kongsberg's RCWS (Remote Command Weapon System) which can carry FGM-148 Javelin missile, as well as the Northrop Grumman production 30 mm low-weight gun also. According to the company statement, JLTV is the only platform that can serve in combat formation in the battlefield. Thanks to the...
  • B-21 Stealth Bombers Can Be Located On Ellsworth
    B-21 Stealth Bombers Can Be Located On Ellsworth April 1 2019
    The US Air Force selected Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota as the preferred location to base the first operational Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider bomber and the stealth aircraft’s formal training unit. B-21s will be located on Whiteman AFB in Missouri and Dyess AFB in Texas once they become available. The USAF says it selected bases using criteria meant to minimise mission impact while transitioning from older bombers, maximise facility reuse, minimise cost and reduce ov...
  • Australia to Purchase Second MQ-4C TRITON
    Australia to Purchase Second MQ-4C TRITON March 28 2019
    The Australian government has confirmed the acquisition of a second Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton high altitude long endurance maritime unmanned ISR air vehicle for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Defence Minister Christopher Pyne said in a statement that this second platform, which will be acquired through a co-operative programme with the US Navy, will play "an important part of strengthening the security of Australia's maritime boarders". The total ...
  • Major Milestone at US Homeland Missile Defence System
    Major Milestone at US Homeland Missile Defence System March 27 2019
    The U.S. Missile Defence Agency, announced that it had conducted a successful test against an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) class target. This test was the first salvo engagement of a threat-representative ICBM target by two Ground Based Interceptors (GBI), which were designated GBI-Lead, and GBI-Trail for the test. The GBI-Lead destroyed the re-entry vehicle, as it was designed to do. The GBI-Trail then looked at the resulting debris and remaining objects, and, not finding any ot...
  • Meteor, Spear Missiles for British F35s
    Meteor, Spear Missiles for British F35s March 19 2019
    British defence contractor BAE announced its involvement with Northrup Grumman on Monday to integrate several new series of missile into the F-35 Lightning fighter planes of Britain's Royal Air Force. According to the Company,  work has started to integrate two advanced missile systems with Britain's fleet of F-35 fighter planes. BAE has agreed with Lockheed Martin, to integrate into the F-35 Meteor air-to-air missiles and SPEAR precision surface attack missil...
  • AARGM-ER  support on F-35
    AARGM-ER support on F-35 March 11 2019
    Northrup Grumman won Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile – Extended Range/AARM-ER Missile award. The missile will be used on D / A-18E / F, EA-18G and F-35A / C aircraft. The company will sign $ 322.5 million for its Engineering and Production activities. Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, Northridge, California, is awarded a $322,504,595 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract to provide for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) of the AGM-88G, Advanced Anti-Radia...
  • Northrop Grumman Delivers 500th Centre Fuselage for the F-35 Lightning II
    Northrop Grumman Delivers 500th Centre Fuselage for the F-35 Lightning II March 1 2019
    Northrop Grumman Corporation has completed the 500th centre fuselage for the F-35 Lightning II – ahead of schedule. “We deliver an F-35 centre fuselage every 36 hours and I am very proud to say we have made all our deliveries since the inception of the program,” said Frank Carus, vice president and F-35 program manager, Northrop Grumman. “ Designated AU-18, the 500th F-35 centre fuselage is for a conventional take-off and landing variant for the Roy...
  • Lockheed Martin Offers F-16V as "F-21" to India
    Lockheed Martin Offers F-16V as "F-21" to India February 23 2019
    Lockheed-Martin offers F-21 to India, but it is former F-16V Viper with F-22 like name. The F-21 is fitted with a Ground Collision Avoidance System (GCAS), a retractable flight refuelling boom, a "Sniper" targeting pod, and an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) AN/APG-83 radar provided by Northrop-Grumman, derived from the two radars that already equip the F-22 and the F-35.  
  • Northrop Grumman Showcases APS for The US Army
    Northrop Grumman Showcases APS for The US Army January 30 2019
      Northrop Grumman Corporation demonstrated advanced Vehicle Active Protection System (APS) technologies against Anti-Tank Guided Munitions during the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development Engineering Centre (TARDEC) sponsored Soft-kill Rodeo in Huntsville on Oct. 5-31 Using its Passive Infrared Cueing Sensors system, Northrop Grumman say the system successfully generated threat warning of inbound ATGMs and provided a cue for the soft kill countermeasure syst...
  • Bulgarian Parliament Approved Purchase of Fighter F-16V Block 70
    Bulgarian Parliament Approved Purchase of Fighter F-16V Block 70 January 16 2019
    Bulgaria's parliament approved the government's plan to start talks with the United States on the purchase of eight new F-16 fighter jets in order to replace the country's aging, Soviet-made MiG-29 and to move closer to the standards set by the NATO. Some 130 lawmakers voted in favour of the plan of the centre-right government, led by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov while 84 deputies were against it, accusing the cabinet of breaching the tender rules. The deal fo...
  • Large Aircraft Countermeasure Order
    Large Aircraft Countermeasure Order January 7 2019
      Northrop Grumman signed a procurement agreement with the US, amount of USD 3.6 billion. Under the agreement, the company will supply a Directional Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM) to the US Air Force (USAF). The products to be delivered within the scope of the LAIRCM (Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure) procurement program will be integrated into large aircraft operating within the USAF. How many systems will be procured is not disclosed. DIRCM, first i...
  • Japan's Hawkeyes to 2020
    Japan's Hawkeyes to 2020 December 7 2018
    US signed a new agreement with Northrop Grumman under the FMS (Foreign Military Sales). Under the agreement, Japan's second batch of 9 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye’s manufacturing process will be started. On October 12, Japan announced the signing of a new US $ 3 billion agreement. Under the agreement, nine additional E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft will be procured for the Japanese Air Self-Defence Force. The first decision for its procurement E-2D planes w...
  • Radar to Surveillance Airship
    Radar to Surveillance Airship November 8 2018
    Lockheed Martin announced the integration of SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) system into the 74K Aerostat unmanned surveillance airship. As a result of the integration work carried out by the company, Telephonics production RDR-1700B SAR integrated to the airship. SRDR-1700B is able to work above land and sea. It can provide two-dimensional images even a cloud layer. System is able to detect search and rescue transmitters with the inversed SAR radar. In addition to the SAR system, ot...
  • Unmanned Fleet to Navy
    Unmanned Fleet to Navy October 23 2018
    The US Navy has announced a new air squadron. This fleet, which is located on the Naval Air Base at Patuxtent River, and different from others.  Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 24 (UX-24) named squadron which started its mission on October 18th, will use Northrop Grumman production MQ-8 Fire Scout, AeroVironment production RQ-20 Puma, Insitu RQ-21 Blackjack and Aeronautics RQ-26 Aerostar vehicles. Squadron will have 23 fixed-wing and rotary-wing UAVs. In April, the n...
  • Bloomberg Underlines Turkey’s Role in F-35:  "Lockheed’s F-35 Has a Turkey Problem"
    Bloomberg Underlines Turkey’s Role in F-35:  "Lockheed’s F-35 Has a Turkey Problem" October 5 2018
    US Based Economy Magazine Bloomberg Businessweek published an article that underlines Turkey’s role in F35 Program. The article has “Lockheed’s F-35 Has a Turkey Problem” headline. Magazine states US Congress’ decision to block the sale of F-35s to Turkey because of an agreement the Turks have to buy a Russian S-400 air defence system. Magazine states, “That’s creating problems. Turkey is a global leader in aerospace manufacturing, and 10 Tu...
  • Global Hawk Drone Crash Caused By Faulty Data: Accident Report
    Global Hawk Drone Crash Caused By Faulty Data: Accident Report September 30 2018
    US explained why a US Air Force Global Hawk drone crashed and destroyed itself last year.  It is stated that the crash is as a consequence of the aircraft’s “erroneous” data. Incident investigation report published by the military this week claims that the drone, "having failed to detect the erroneous nature of LNA's navigational data, sent control inputs to correct the false roll data." According to report, "this included kee...
  • Hyper Competition
    Hyper Competition July 31 2018
    Hyper competition rising. During the Cold War period, the West studied on hypersonic technologies for many years but could not find their hopes. After success works of Russia and China in this area US-based companies moved forward in this area. Hypersonic ammunition, which is very difficult to prevent because of the it's high speed has attracted attention from the US Army. Pentagon has given the firm the necessary signal. Northrop Grumman, who assessed the intense...
  • Competition on Radar
    Competition on Radar July 30 2018
    US Marine Corps (USMC) has announced a  tender. The mechanical APG-73 radars of F/A-18 C and D aircraft which are in the USMC inventory will be replaced by the Active Electronic Scanned Array (AESA) radars. Procurement tender is not expected and didn't released in the annual plans. Raytheon and Northrop Grumman responded to the Request for Proposal. Raytheon made a fitting check for its APG-79(V)4 radar. In addition, Northrop Grumman conducted a sim...
  • US Defence Bill Cuts JSTARS
    US Defence Bill Cuts JSTARS July 26 2018
    US National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA), recognised the US Air Force’s plan to replace the Northrop Grumman E-8 JSTARS with a new network of sensors spread across unmanned aerial vehicles and aircraft, called the Advanced Battle Management System. The new system will replace most of piloted aircraft with UAV. The NDAA bill adds $120 million to the General Atomics MQ-9 programme “to accelerate the development of the Advanced Battle Management System” instead of...
  • Fire Scout shows off its anti-submarine capabilities
    Fire Scout shows off its anti-submarine capabilities July 16 2018
    Northrop Grumman displayed MQ-8C Fire Scout with new mission capability at the Royal International Air Tattoo . New mission version has Ultra Electronics sonobuoy mission pod and it has just completed initial operational test and evaluation on board the USS Coronado. The MQ-8C “Endurance Upgrade Fire Scout” is based on Bell Helicopter’s 3-ton 407 model, which serves as the base for the Iraqi Air Force’s manned IA-407-armed scout helicopters. UK-base...
  • Navy Continues with Northrop Grumman
    Navy Continues with Northrop Grumman July 6 2018
    The US Navy has signed a new agreement with Northrop Grumman for the maintenance and technical support of the AN / AQS-24 mine detection system. Under the deal, which will amount to US $ 9.9 million, Northrop Grumman Undersea Systems will continue to provide maintenance, technical support, logistical support and documentation support for the systems in question. Helicopter towed AN / AQS-24 is a SONAR interfaced mine hunting system that provides detection and classification of ocean...
  • New F-35 delivery from TAI
    New F-35 delivery from TAI July 2 2018
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) plans delivering 30th F-35 Lightening II Central Fuselage to United States. TAI will produce 400 Central Fuselage in Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme. TAI produced first central fuselage in 2013. US company Northrop Grumman is alternative producer.