Northrop Grumman is highlighting its industry-leading range of capabilities in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) including airborne early warning and control systems for maritime reconnaissance, fire control radars, and unmanned aerial vehicles, at the Aero India 2011 exhibition and air show due to take place at the Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bengaluru, from 9-13 February 2011.
The exhibit will showcase Northrop Grumman's world leading capabilities in airborne early warning and control. Featured will be the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and the Multi-role Electronically Scanned Array (MESA) radar.
Northrop Grumman's airborne surveillance capability will also be highlighted with models of the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System (BAMS UAS), the Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) and Fire Scout, vertical unmanned aircraft system (VUAS) multi-role UAV on display.
The MQ-4C BAMS UAS is based on a maritime derivative of the combat-proven RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft with sensors and is a multi-mission maritime ISR system that will provide a continuous on-station presence while conducting open-ocean and littoral surveillance of targets. Construction of the first BAMS UAS aircraft began in September 2010.
The MQ-8B Fire Scout has been designed to accommodate a variety of sensor payloads and recently deployed for the first time aboard a ship with the U.S. Navy. An at-sea and land-based deployment is planned early this year. The Fire Scout has demonstrated capabilities to operate from the deck of underway ships, from remote fields, and in desert environments.
Continuing its industry leading capabilities in unmanned systems, Northrop Grumman is developing up to 3 LEMV long endurance hybrid airship systems for the US Army. This system is designed to be optionally manned, providing the flexibility to operate with or without a crew onboard, and sustain altitudes of 20,000 feet for a three-week period, to provide persistent ISR capability. Final testing of the first LEMV is planned for the end of 2011.
The MESA surveillance radar is an advanced airborne surveillance sensor and provides national protection, enabling sophisticated air-to-air and maritime coverage and integrated friend-or-foe identification. It is the first of its type with potential capabilities that have yet to be exploited. MESA provides beam-on-demand electronic scan flexibility, revisits in any direction at any time, extends range and special features and adjusts coverage to match threats. A scale model of the array will be available for viewing.
The company's industry-leading Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) programs will also be featured with a full-scale model of the corporation's AN/APG-80 fire control radar for the F-16IN Super Viper multi-role fighter aircraft. The AN/APG-80 shares common architecture with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's AN/APG-81 radar and is the only AESA fire control radar in India's Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) competition with operational experience.
Northrop Grumman's STARLite, a small, lightweight wide area surveillance radar used for supporting tactical operations, will be highlighted. STARLite features synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and ground moving target indicator (GMTI) capabilities for unmanned and manned aerial vehicle applications.
Also featured, will be Northrop Grumman's Multi Spectral EW simulation products. These products are used for simulating complex EW environments that cover the entire spectrum of conflict from radio frequency to infrared.
Highlighted too will be the Integrated Battle Management System (iBMS) which provides the next generation of command and control and enhanced situational awareness.