LONDON: Northrop Grumman Corporation is participating in the Dubai Airshow 2009 where it will highlight its global security capabilities and programs, including its world leading expertise in airborne early warning and control systems, fire control radars and infrared countermeasures.
The Dubai Airshow 2009, the foremost aerospace event in the Middle
East, will take place at the Airport Expo Dubai adjacent to Dubai International airport, from 15-19 November.
“As a leader in the aerospace and defence industry, Northrop Grumman
remains distinct in being able to combine innovative technologies and business practices
that address broad mission and enterprise capability requirements,”
said Jim Pitts, corporate vice president and president of Northrop
Grumman’s Electronic Systems sector. “Our core technologies and investment strategies provide practical solutions that help assure military superiority, confront irregular warfare challenges and secure the commons.”
Northrop Grumman offers many opportunities to help the UAE. The
company has had an active presence in the Middle East for more than a
decade with its regional headquarters in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and has well
established partnerships with the UAE and other countries in the region
in support of a variety of defence and civil programmes. In 2008, the
company further expanded its industry footprint by opening an office in
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
“Our core competencies are strongly aligned with the current and evolving global security
priorities of our customers, including cyber security and intelligence,
surveillance, and reconnaissance,” said John Brooks, vice president of international business development
for Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems sector and president of
Northrop Grumman International Inc. “Northrop Grumman provides
unmatched surveillance capabilities, with clear strengths in unmanned
and airborneearly warning technologies. Our customers in the Middle
East demand the best, and it’s our challenge to continue to meet and
exceed their expectations.”
Among the exhibits on display will be Northrop Grumman’s world leading capabilities in airborne early warning and control. Featured will be the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and 737 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C), multi-role electronically scanned array (MESA) radar.
The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye programme has modernized the E-2 weapon
system by providing new, more powerful radar and other avionics systems
to create an advanced AEW&C capability. In coordination with the
U.S. Navy, an E-2C Hawkeye will be on static display, and an E-2
Hawkeye multi-media exhibit that showcases the benefits of the E-2D for
military and civil applications will also be on display in the Northrop
Grumman exhibit stand.
The MESA surveillance radar is an advanced airborne surveillance
sensor and provides peninsular protection enabling sophisticated
air-to-air and maritime coverage and integrated friend-or-foe
identification. A computer demonstration of MESA capabilities and scale
model of the array will be available for viewing.
Also highlighted will be Northrop Grumman’s industry leading
unmanned aircraft expertise. A full-sized model of the MQ-8B Fire Scout
can be viewed in a mini-pavilion in the static display area. The Fire
Scout is a Vertical Unmanned Aircraft System
(VUAS) multi-role UAV that can carry various payloads, which provide
unprecedented situational awareness and precision targeting support,
ideal for land and navy forces.
Models of the F-16
AN/APG-68(V)9 mechanically scanned fire control radar, directional
infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) and the Longbow Apache radar and
Longbow Hellfire missile systems will also be on display.
Additionally on static display will be a U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army
E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS).
Northrop Grumman’s E-8C is the most advanced targeting and battle
management system in the world. As an airborne battle management and
command and control (C2) platform, the Joint STARS system conducts
ground surveillance, enabling commanders to develop an understanding of
the enemy situation, and to support attack operations and targeting.
The company’s Italy-based subsidiary, Northrop Grumman Italia will
display its state-of-the-art fibre-optic navigation systems. This will
include the LISA-200, the Navex family of attitude heading reference
systems and LN 251 / LN 270 high accuracy inertial navigation systems.
These are in service on aircraft platforms in the U.S., Europe and Asia
and are fitted to the Eurofighter Typhoon, the Tornado and BAE Systems
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company
whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and
solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding
and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.