Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) will highlight a wide range of its global security capabilities and programmes at the Singapore Air Show, including airborne early warning and control systems, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), fire control radars and infrared countermeasures.
The air show is Asia's largest aerospace and defence event and one of the world's top three air shows. It takes place from 14-19 Feb. at the Changi Exhibition Centre (CEC) located near Changi Airport. The Northrop Grumman Chalet is No. CD01.
"Our customer base across Southeast Asia is extremely important to us. Singapore is a key market, one in which we have considerable capabilities and a wide range of products to offer," said Bill Schaefer, sector vice president of business development for the company's Aerospace Systems sector. "Northrop Grumman's technology leadership and proven capability in many areas, including airborne early warning and control and aerial surveillance, are well matched to meeting the region's growing defence and security needs."
The company will feature its family of Q-4 High Altitude Long Endurance aircraft such as the MQ-4C Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System (BAMS UAS), and E-2D Advanced Hawkeye.
Based on the combat-proven RQ-4 Global Hawk UAS, the BAMS UAS is a versatile maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance system to support a variety of missions while operating independently or in direct collaboration with fleet assets. When operational, BAMS will play a key role in providing commanders with a persistent, reliable picture of surface threats, covering vast areas of open ocean and littoral regions, significantly augmenting the use of other manned assets to execute surveillance and reconnaissance tasks.
The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye programme couples a 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. To date, Northrop Grumman has delivered seven E-2Ds to the U.S. Navy. The programme is on track for Initial Operational Test and Evaluation in 2012 and Initial Operational Capability in the U. S. Navy fleet in 2015. An E-2D tactical work station will be available to demonstrate the capabilities and functionality of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye for military and civilian applications.
The company's industry-leading Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) programmes will also be featured. A model of the corporation's newest AESA fighter sensor, the Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR), will be on display. SABR is designed as a retrofit for existing Block 52 and previous F-16 aircraft and is scalable to fit other aircraft platforms and mission areas.
Northrop Grumman is the world leader in airborne fire control radar. As the world's sole supplier of fire control radars for fifth-generation fighters, the company supplies the AESA fire control radars for the F-35 and F-22. In addition, a range of sensor systems will be highlighted, including directional infrared countermeasures; AN/APR-39B(V)2 suite of integrated sensors and countermeasures; the LITENING advanced airborne targeting and navigation pod; and the electro-optical Distributed Aperture System through the F-35.
As a principal and founding member of the F-35 industry team led by Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman is responsible for the design and production of centre fuselages for all three variants of F-35 aircraft: conventional takeoff and landing; short takeoff, vertical landing; and a carrier variant. Northrop Grumman completes the F-35 centre fuselages – the core structures around which the aircraft are built – at its Palmdale, Calif., facility.
Additionally, the company produces the aircraft's communications subsystems; develops mission systems and mission-planning software; leads the team's development of pilot and maintenance training system courseware; and manages the team's use, support and maintenance of low-observable technologies.
Other capabilities that will be featured are the company's state-of-the-art Electronic Support Measures system and Early Warning Self Protection that are currently part of the U.S. Navy P-8A airborne maritime patrol programme. The S-Band long-range AN/TPS-78 mobile radar system will also be highlighted.
Northrop Grumman has well established relationships with Singapore and other countries in the region, and has been supporting a number of defence and civil programmes there for more than 20 years. The company has offices across Southeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific region: Seoul, Tokyo, Taipei, Singapore, New Delhi and Canberra.
Source: Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC)
Date: Feb 7, 2012