currently held in Paris, (Le Bourget, 25-29 October 2010).
"The challenges faced at sea demand solutions that increase awareness of the maritime domain," said Dave Perry, Vice President and General Manager of Northrop Grumman's Naval & Marine Systems Division. "With our expertise in design, development and production of navigation and control systems, radar systems, airborne surveillance, and mine countermeasures, Northrop Grumman is an industry leader at using innovative technology to counter increasingly sophisticated sea-based threats."
Highlighted is the Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine's latest generation of navigation, ship control and radar technology.
The company's VisionMaster FT and warship electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) is on display configured to demonstrate how the system is able to provide effective operational support required for watchkeeping and command teams on smaller vessels. VisionMaster FT provides a highly integrated fully networked suite of marine radar and electronic charting systems designed to form the backbone of the modern ship's integrated bridge.
Other capabilities being highlighted are the maritime domain awareness (MDA) coastal surveillance system and the new SeaGuard XBCR x-band coherent radar for small target detection and situational awareness.
Navigation systems on show include Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine's new MK39 Mod 4 ring laser gyro (RLG) inertial navigation system for naval vessels. The MK 39 Mod 4 RLG provides the same high accuracy geographic position information, with or without GPS, and precise attitude heading data of its predecessors but in a smaller, more cost effective unit.
Northrop Grumman's world leading capabilities in airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) are also featured including the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye programmed has enhanced the E-2 mission system with new more powerful avionics providing continuous 360-degree scanning capability to detect, track and defeat cruise missile threats at extended range.
Northrop Grumman's airborne surveillance capability is highlighted with a model of the MQ-8B Fire Scout, the vertical unmanned aircraft system (VUAS) multi-role UAV currently under development with the US Navy for littoral intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.
Northrop Grumman's airborne mine countermeasures programs are highlighted with a display of the AN/AES-1 airborne laser mine detection system (ALMDS).