Singapore Air Show 2014: Northrop Grumman Highlights Global Security Capabilities

Northrop Grumman Corporation will highlight its global security capabilities including airborne early warning and control systems, unmanned aircraft systems, 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 Feb. 11-16 at the Changi Exhibition Centre (CEC) located near Changi Airport. The Northrop Grumman Chalet is No. CD01.

"The Asia-Pacific region is extremely important to us particularly as we broaden our global focus and Singapore is a key market," said David Perry, vice president and chief global business development officer, Northrop Grumman. "Our objective is to continue to work closely with our customers as trusted partners and to provide the most advanced capabilities to help meet the region's defence and security needs."

Northrop Grumman has a well-established presence in the Asia-Pacific region and has been supporting a number of defence and civil programmes there for more than 20 years. In addition to Singapore, the company has offices in Canberra, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei and New Delhi. The recent appointment of Ian Irving as chief executive for Australia significantly enhances the company's profile in the region and helps position it for future success globally.

"With our growing presence in the Asia-Pacific region our focus is on building long-term partnerships and delivering security solutions that contribute towards advancing global stability," said Ian Irving, "The Singapore Air Show provides us with the opportunity to meet customers and partners and to demonstrate the full breadth of our capabilities."

The exhibit will highlight the company's latest AESA fighter sensor, the Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR). SABR is an affordable, multifunction AESA radar designed for low risk retrofit in current F-16s and is scalable for integration in other aircraft. SABR was selected last July for the joint U.S. Air Force and Taiwan Air Force F-16 Radar Modernisation Programme.

The company's airborne surveillance capability will also be showcased with scale models of the Triton unmanned aircraft system and the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control system (AEW&C). A functional E-2D Advanced Hawkeye crew workstation will be available for viewing in the exhibit.

Triton is a maritime derivative of the combat-proven Global Hawk unmanned air system (UAS) that has an unprecedented ability to gather and disseminate multiple types of intelligence data during long-duration flights at altitudes more than 17 kilometres high. The system's radar, the Multi-Function Active Sensor , allows Triton to monitor a 360-degree field of view. Global Hawk has logged more than 100,000 flight hours and carries a variety of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensor payloads to allow military and civil commanders to gather near real-time imagery and use radar to detect moving or stationary targets on the ground or at sea. The system supports airborne communications and information sharing missions, as well as anti-terrorism, anti-piracy, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye couples a newly designed electronically and mechanically 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 is the backbone of this aircraft and provides greater flexibility and significantly improved detection and tracking over all terrains. Northrop Grumman has delivered 12 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft to the U.S. Navy and initial operational capability with the US Navy is on track for 2015. The programme entered full-rate production in early 2013 after being declared operationally suitable and effective following a robust 10-month initial operational test and evaluation by the Navy.

A full-scale model of the MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter will be on display in the exhibit. The MQ-8C Fire Scout uses a larger airframe than the previous MQ-8B variant to deliver more range, payload capacity and endurance to naval forces. Fire Scout can land and take off from any aviation-capable naval ship.

Northrop Grumman is a world leader in airborne fire control radar and a range of Northrop Grumman's industry-leading airborne fire control will be on display. As the world's sole supplier of fire control radars for fifth-generation fighters, the company supplies the AESA radars for the F-35 Lightning II and F-22. In addition, a range of sensor systems will be highlighted, including directional infrared countermeasures; APR-39C(V)5 suite of integrated sensors and countermeasures; the LITENING advanced airborne targeting and navigation pod; and the electro-optical Distributed Aperture System for the F-35 Lightning II.

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.

In addition the company produces the AN/AAQ-37 Electro-optical Distributed Aperture System (DAS). DAS provides passive, spherical battlespace awareness for F-35 pilots by simultaneously detecting and tracking aircraft and missiles in every direction, as well as providing visual imagery for day/night navigation and targeting. Northrop Grumman also 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.

Fielded and operationally proven by the U.S. Air Force and customers worldwide, the S-Band, long-range AN/TPS-78 and the mid-range TPS-703 ground radars are in 24-hour-a-day operation around the world. With its sophisticated filters installed to counter sea clutter and the ability to operate in high temperatures, Northrop Grumman's AN/TPS-78 and TPS-703 radars are ideally suited to the environment of south-east Asia.

The AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) is a highly mobile multimission AESA radar system that provides multifaceted detection and tracking capabilities. With its ability to intelligently and adaptively allocate its myriad sensor capabilities, G/ATOR is able to detect and track a wide variety of threats, including manned aircraft, cruise missiles and unmanned autonomous systems, as well as mortar, rocket and artillery rounds.

Part of Northrop Grumman's family of unmanned air systems, the combat-proven Bat™ UAS can be configured for a variety of tactical missions. The catapult-launched system carries a variety of intelligence-gathering sensors that help ground commanders detect and identify threats – helping save lives with its ability to fly for long periods at a relatively low cost.


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