Northrop Grumman Corporation achieved a new milestone by delivering its 7,000th LN-100 Inertial Navigation System (INS), which provides primary and backup navigation information for a variety of airborne and shipboard platforms."Our LN-100 product's longevity is driven by performance," said Gorik Hossepian, Vice President of Navigation and Positioning Systems for Northrop Grumman's Navigation Systems Division. "It uses a proven, effective technology and continues to be the navigation solution of choice to meet a wide variety of customers' needs."
In production since March 1993, the LN-100 has been delivered to more than 70 customers worldwide and is in use on both tactical and transport aircraft, including U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force platforms such as the F/A-18 Hornet and the F-22 Raptor. Northrop Grumman's LN-100 is also utilized aboard several unmanned applications, including the RQ-4 Global Hawk and MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicles as well as multiple shipboard platforms.
The LN-100 is a non-dithered Global Positioning System (GPS)-aided INS that utilizes Northrop Grumman's Zero-lock(tm) gyro (ZLG(tm)) technology. Optimally combining INS and GPS features, the LN-100 provides a tightly integrated solution for enhanced position, velocity, attitude and pointing performance and features hybrid GPS/INS, free-inertial, and GPS-only navigation solutions.
Northrop Grumman has experience in development and support of all current production gyro technologies. Besides its unique Zero-lock(tm) gyros, it produces spinning mass gyros, ring laser gyros, fiber-optic gyros, micro-electro-mechanical-system gyros, and hemispheric resonator gyros.