Northrop Grumman highlights industry-leading security capabilities

Show: Defexpo India 2012 - Day 1

Northrop Grumman Corporation will be at Defexpo 2012 with its range of industry-leading capabilities in airborne early warning and control systems for maritime reconnaissance and unmanned aircraft systems. “Our core competencies and proven capability in airborne early warning and control and unmanned systems for aerial surveillance are well matched to meet the region’s growing defence and security needs,” said Bill Schaefer, Sector Vice President of Business Development for the company’s aerospace systems sector. “We look forward to highlighting how our products and capabilities can help India achieve its defence modernisation objectives and the requirements for a coordinated national defence structure.”

The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye couples newly designed electronically scanned radar with a matching suite of sensors, avionics, processors, software and displays to provide the most technologically advanced command and control capability available worldwide. The AN/APY-9 radar with a two-generation leap in capability is the backbone of this aircraft and provides greater flexibility and significantly improved detection and tracking over all terrains. Till date, Northrop Grumman has delivered seven E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft to the US Navy. The programme is undergoing its initial operational test and evaluation in 2012 and is on track for initial operational capability with the US Navy fleet in 2015.

An E-2D tactical workstation will be available to demonstrate the capabilities and functionality of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye for military and civil applications. India is among the first countries for which the Advanced Hawkeye capability has been released.

In addition, the company’s persistent maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability will be highlighted with the MQ-4C broad area maritime surveillance unmanned aircraft system (BAMS UAS) based on a maritime derivative of the combat-proven RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft. The BAMS UAS is a US Navy programme designed to complement the manned P-8 aircraft with an unprecedented surface surveillance capability yielding the highest possible degree of maritime domain awareness.

Also featured will be Northrop Grumman’s revolutionary aviation concept in lighter-than-air hybrid airships, which will shape the future of persistent ISR surveillance. The company is developing an aerodynamic hybrid airship with less drag than competing designs. It uses existing proven hull materials with type-certified engines and is flexible and reconfigurable to accommodate any combination of sensors and communications equipment, making it truly multi-mission capable.

Northrop Grumman has well-established relationships with India and has been supporting a number of defence and civil programmes, including air traffic control communications systems and radars, unmanned ground vehicles and marine navigation systems, for more than 20 years now. The company brings significant, relevant capabilities for homeland defence modernisation, and command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. Northrop Grumman will be located in Hall 14, Stand No. 14.3F.