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  • Saab receives order for radar system components for the U.S. Marine Corps
    Saab receives order for radar system components for the U.S. Marine Corps 25 September 2020
    Saab has received a 36.7 million USD order for the U.S. Marine Corps’ AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar G/ATOR. Saab received the order from Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, the prime contractor for G/ATOR. The order includes components and subsystems in support of the Full-Rate Production phase. Saab’s deliveries relating to this contract will take place between 2020 and 2021 from its facility in Syracuse, New York, USA. The AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Ta...
  • CH-7 Made Its Maiden Flight
    CH-7 Made Its Maiden Flight 22 September 2020
    The latest half-year stock report by Chinese state-owned company China Rainbow Drone revealed that the CH-7 stealth unmanned air vehicle (UAV) has flown. The CH-7 was first unveiled at Airshow China 2018. This type of drone is China's first large-scale stealth long-endurance drone. The design is a tailless “flying wing” with a dorsally-mounted central turbofan housing and stealth or low observable profile similar to the Northrop Grumman X-47B UCAV. <...
  • Northrop Grumman wins $298 Million Contract to Develop SATCOM Spacecraft
    Northrop Grumman wins $298 Million Contract to Develop SATCOM Spacecraft 22 September 2020
    According to Space Force budget documents, the Force plans to award as many as three competitive rapid-prototyping contracts for Evolved Strategic Satellite (ESS). The Space and Missile Systems Centre announced the contract award Sept. 16 for the Evolved Strategic Satellite Communications program, known as Evolved Strategic SATCOM (ESS). The satellite is to be completed by May 2025. Northrop Grumman Corp. received a $298 million contract to develop an anti-jam military satellite to ...
  • AIM-9M Sidewinder Engine for Egypt and Jordan 11 September 2020
    Northrop Grumman will deliver AIM-9M Sidewinder rocket engine to Egypt and Jordan. The $21 million deal covers 788 engines for Egypt and 43 engines for Jordan, according to the US Department of Defence. It features a short-range air-to-air Sidewinder missile, infrared guidance system and a high-blown track warhead. With improvements in AIM-9, which has the highest level of infrared spectrum precision, the missile's operationality has been taken out of the bombers. Egyp...
  • $ 13.3 billion order for Nuclear Assurance
    $ 13.3 billion order for Nuclear Assurance 11 September 2020
    On Sept 08, 2020, the U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman the GBSD Engineering and Manufacturing Development contract for the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent competition to build the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation intercontinental ballistic missiles. The worth of the contract is approximately $ 13.3 billion.  Northrop Grumman Systems will develop the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) to replace the Minuteman III (MM III) Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Sys...
  • Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight
    Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight 8 September 2020
      China’s KJ-600 carrier-based Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft performed its first flight on August 28th. China became the second country other than the United States to have successfully developed such a platform. China announced it was developing a sixth AEW&C plane, the KJ-600. China had been working on building its AEW&C jet since the 1960s with relatively little success. Chinese state media confirmed what foreign media outlets and social media...
  • Firebird's Demo Video Shared
    Firebird's Demo Video Shared 7 September 2020
    Northrop Grumman released a video about the demo version of Firebird, developed in manned, autonomous and optional pilot configurations. Firebird, which will be used for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance/ ISR missions, is designed to provide flexibility with open architecture and useful load integration. The Firebird product family is equipped with an autonomous mission-capable aircraft body; the time required for load integration has been reduced by the rapid...
  • Unmanned Pick-Up Mounted Gun
    Unmanned Pick-Up Mounted Gun 20 August 2020
    Pickup-mounted machine gun and cannon systems are seen as increasing their prevalence in asymmetrical battlefields. Northrop Grumman, one of the leading defence companies in the USA, has completed the tests of the 30 mm gun system integrated into the pick-up unmanned turret. The system called M-ACE (Mobile Acquisition Cueing and Effector) was developed for the detection and destruction of unmanned aerial vehicles that are becoming more widespread and becoming an asymmetric threat. I...
  • 48 Million Dollar UGV Agreement
    48 Million Dollar UGV Agreement 16 August 2020
    The USA, which gives importance to unmanned ground vehicles, whose use is increasing day by day in different mission configurations and sizes, signed a logistic support agreement. The US Department of Defence announced on Monday that an agreement was signed with Remotec company. The company, which is a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman will provide sustainment support to the Remotec family robots, which are in the inventory of the US Army, in areas such as maintenance, repair...
  • Next Generation Ammunition to Modernised Vehicles
    Next Generation Ammunition to Modernised Vehicles 11 July 2020
    The advances in the material, metallurgy and manufacturing caused an advancement in armour technology and hence the protection levels of the platforms. The firepower of platforms is also increasing against vehicles with increased armour protection and survivability. In this context, the USA integrated a 30 mm XM813 Bushmaster main weapon into some Stryker 8x8 tactical wheeled armoured vehicle in the Army inventory. Following the new weapon integration, the platforms can us...
  • Targeting Pod Order
    Targeting Pod Order 9 July 2020
    Targeting pods are important equipment for target detection and recognition of aircraft that carrying out the ground attack task and especially for guided ammunition to be targeted with high precision. Having one of the most advanced combat aircraft fleets in the world, the US gets additional targeting pods. Northrop Grumman production AN/AAQ-28 (V) LITENING advanced targeting pod will be acquired within the order placed for US Air Force requirements. L...
  • A Robotic Spacecraft Caught an Old Satellite And Extended Its Life
    A Robotic Spacecraft Caught an Old Satellite And Extended Its Life 18 April 2020
    Northrop Grumman Corporation and the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, SpaceLogistics LLC, have completed the first docking of the Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV-1) to the Intelsat 901 (IS-901) spacecraft to provide life-extension services. This historic accomplishment marks the first time two commercial satellites have docked in orbit and the first time that mission extension services will be offered to a satellite in geosynchronous orbit. Intelsat’s IS-901 satellite...
  • Low Cost Turbojet on Tests
    Low Cost Turbojet on Tests 25 March 2020
    The loitering munitions, systems that enter our literature as kamikaze ammunition, especially increase their effectiveness in high numbers. When the products in question are shown as the concept of the future, when used in high numbers, destruction becomes inevitable for hostile elements. This brings along the need for cost-effective components. The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) began testing the Gray Wolf missile and turbojet engine, developed as loitering munition. ...
  • Photonic Effect to Microelectronics
    Photonic Effect to Microelectronics 24 March 2020
    Microelectronics technology continues to progress day by day and shrink electronic circuits. Within the scope of DARPA's, which operates in the United States, "Photonics in the Package for Extreme Scalability Program" (PIPES), it is aimed to establish a connection between microelectronics using photons. The project, which is said to lead to a significant revolution in the field of microelectronics, aims to develop special integrated circuits and Field Program...
  • US Will Produce Autonomous Submarine
    US Will Produce Autonomous Submarine 18 March 2020
    The cost-effective solution provided by UAVs and minimizing the human factor causes new developments. The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded contracts to three companies that will help come up with a design for a long-duration unmanned underwater vehicle. Within the scope of the Manta Ray Program, autonomous platforms that require minimum logistic support and can remain operational for a long time will be produced. The contract was signed with Lockheed Martin High T...
  • SEAD Capability Increases
    SEAD Capability Increases 15 March 2020
    The US Navy, which has been experiencing a relatively slow period since the end of the Cold War, expanding its measures and capabilities for new risk definitions around the world. Determining the Navy as the first element to intervene in a possible crisis in any part of the world, the US continues its steps towards increasing the capabilities of the air power of Navy. In this context, the USA made a modification on agreement of AGM-88E AARGM (Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Miss...
  • Northrop Grumman Demonstrates On-The-Move Ground Radar
    Northrop Grumman Demonstrates On-The-Move Ground Radar 13 March 2020
    Northrop Grumman Corporation completed demonstration of the Highly Adaptable Multi-Mission Radar (HAMMR) system at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. During the live fire demonstration, Northrop Grumman used the HAMMR system, mounted on a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) as an Integrated Air and Missile Defence (IAMD) sensor to detect and track an unmanned aerial vehicle target. Northrop Grumman’s HAMMR is a short- to medium-range X-Band Three Dimension...
  • Thai Air Force Releases Wish List for The Next Decade
    Thai Air Force Releases Wish List for The Next Decade 22 February 2020
    The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has set out its procurement priorities for the upcoming decade; transport aircraft, combat search-and-rescue helicopters, and light attack aircraft are on the top of the list. RTAF’s long term plans include new fighters to replace the ageing fleet. RTAF plans to replace its Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules transport aircraft fleet. The new aircraft will require to be compatible with Thailand’s Link T data link system. This is a process that...
  • USS Gerald R. Ford’s EMALS is Operational for All Aircraft
    USS Gerald R. Ford’s EMALS is Operational for All Aircraft 16 February 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 2 February 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 22 January 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 13 January 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 28 December 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.
  • Indonesia to Acquire Two Squadrons of New F-16s
    Indonesia to Acquire Two Squadrons of New F-16s 27 December 2019
    Indonesian Air Force wants to acquire both US and Russian aircraft in the inventory. According to Indonesia’s next five-year strategic plan, running from 2020-2024, the country will pursue the goal of acquiring both F-16 Block 72 and Su-35. The chief of the Indonesian Air Force Air Marshal Yuyu Sutisna talked to state-owned national news agency Antara, about the southeast Asian nation plans to submit a request to buy two squadrons of Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 72 fighters...
  • 6 billion $ referendum: Aircraft for Swiss Air Force
    6 billion $ referendum: Aircraft for Swiss Air Force 24 December 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...
  • US Wants to re-Buy F-5E Swiss Fighters
    US Wants to re-Buy F-5E Swiss Fighters 16 December 2019
    United States is reportedly ready to re-purchase Northrop 22 fighter aircraft F-5E Tiger II belonging to the Swiss Air Force that had been used 41 years since 1978. According to airspacereview portal, US Navy and the Swiss Defence Procurement Agency (Armasuisse) have been in talks related to the sale of F-5 in July. The budget for the purchase of F-5 from Switzerland is 39.7 million dollars.  The US is still using the F-5 as simulated enemy air to air combat exercise. Switzerla...
  • Sixth Generation Concept in Combat Planes
    Sixth Generation Concept in Combat Planes 8 November 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 7 November 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 14 October 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 9 August 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 6 August 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 31 July 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 31 July 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 27 July 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 26 July 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 26 July 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 ...
  • T-X Starts EMD Flight Trial 3 July 2019
      Boeing has begun Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) flight trials of the T-X trainer aircraft it has developed with partner Saab for the US Air Force.  The first EMD sortie, which was announced by the company on 1 July, involved Boeing T-X aircraft N381TX flying out of the company's St Louis facility in Missouri. With two EMD aircraft so far built, 71 test flights were flown between December 2016 and December 2018. Since then, Boeing and Saab h...
  • JLTV to Hunt Tanks
    JLTV to Hunt Tanks 25 June 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 1 April 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 28 March 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 ...