Northrop Grumman, a leader in global security and solid-state radar technology, will showcase its key defense and security infrastructure system solutions at the upcoming International Defense Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) taking place in Abu Dhabi from 20-24 February.
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.
The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye programmed couples a newly designed electronically 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, with a two-generation leap in capability, is the backbone of this aircraft and provides greater flexibility and significantly improved detection and tracking over all terrains.
The first E-2D to enter the US Navy fleet was delivered in July 2010 and aircrew training is currently underway. The programmed is on track for Initial Operational Test and Evaluation in 2013 and Initial Operational Capability in the fleet in 2015.
The MESA surveillance radar was an advanced airborne surveillance sensor and provided 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 programs will also be featured with a full-scale model of the corporation's AN/APG-81 fire control radar at the IDEX.
Also on display will be Northrop Grumman's AN/APG-68(V)9 mechanically scanned array radar for the F-16 multi-role fighter aircraft. The AN/APR-39 is specially designed to maximize survivability by improving aircrew situational awareness.