Northrop Grumman at Dubai Airshow
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) is highlighting its global security capabilities and programs at the ongoing Dubai Airshow (Airport Expo; Dubai; 13-17 November).
NGC is showcasing its world-leading expertise in airborne early warning and control systems, fire control radars, infrared countermeasures, and training and support services, a statement said.
“Northrop Grumman’s strong relationship with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries goes back many decades and is built on a legacy of trust and performance,” said Jim Pitts, Corporate Vice President and President of Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems sector. “Our objective is to continue to work closely with our customers to provide long-term capability solutions and help enhance defense and national security across the region."
Northrop Grumman 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 defense and civil programs.
“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.
“NGC provides unmatched surveillance capabilities, with clear strengths in unmanned and airborne early warning technologies. Our customers in the Middle East demand the best, and it’s our responsibility to continue to meet and exceed their expectations.”
NGC is highlighting its world-leading capabilities in airborne early warning and control with a particular focus on the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and the Multi-role Electronically Scanned Array (MESA) radar.
The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye program couples 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. To date, Northrop Grumman has delivered 6 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft to the US Navy. The program is on track for Initial Operational Test and Evaluation in 2012 and Initial Operational Capability in the fleet in 2015.
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.
NGC is recognized as the world leader in laser directed infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) with over 750 aircraft installations protecting 50 different aircraft types, ranging from very large jet transports to small fixed-wing, helicopter and tilt-wing aircraft. In conjunction with its international partner, Selex Galileo, NGC is developing a widely exportable laser DIRCM system designed to fill the requirements of international customers.