Northrop Grumman Showcases UAV Capabilities At Berlin ILA Air Show 2008
LONDON — May 21, 2008 — Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) will display a wide range of its key capabilities and programmes at the Berlin International Aerospace Exhibition, including unmanned aerial vehicles, aerial tanker refueling and aircraft navigation systems.
The air show will take place at the southern section of Berlin-Schonefeld Airport from 27 May to 1 June. More than 1,000 exhibitors from some 40 countries will participate in the show, which will also commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift.
“We are strongly positioned to grow our business in Germany and across Europe where we have considerable capabilities to offer,” said John Brooks, president of Northrop Grumman International Inc. and vice-president of international business development for Northrop Grumman’s Integrated Systems sector. “We look forward to serving the needs of our customers by building on the success of our industry partnerships to leverage our core capabilities and provide tailored solutions.”
The Northrop Grumman exhibit pavilion will feature the company’s industry-leading capability in unmanned aerial vehicles including Euro Hawk, Fire Scout, the recently-awarded Broad Area Maritime Surveillance and the Global Hawk-based solution for the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) requirement.
In 2007, the German Ministry of Defence awarded a contract to Euro Hawk GmbH, a joint-venture company formed by Northrop Grumman and EADS, for the development, test and support of the Euro Hawk(r) unmanned signals intelligence (SIGINT) surveillance and reconnaissance system. With a wing span larger than a commercial airliner’s, the Euro Hawk(r) UAS will serve as the German Air Force’s high altitude, long endurance SIGINT system.
NATO has also chosen Global Hawk to meet its AGS requirement. Demonstrating its commitment to trans-Atlantic cooperation, Northrop Grumman leads an industry team representing 19 participating nations to develop and produce an Alliance-owned and operated ground surveillance capability.
Also on display will be the KC-45A aerial refuelling tanker. Earlier this year, the U.S. Air Force selected a Northrop Grumman-led team to provide the new tanker, which will be based on the highly-successful Airbus A330 commercial airframe. The KC-45A will be built by a world-class industrial team that includes EADS North America as the primary sub-contractor.
The MQ-8B Fire Scout vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicle will also be featured. The Navy recently announced that it intends to conduct the Fire Scout Operational Evaluation aboard a FFG-7, Oliver Hazard Perry class ship. This will provide the fleet with unmanned aerial system support as soon as possible.
Northrop Grumman’s German and Italian subsidiaries will also be represented at the air show. LITEF will display its navigation systems for land vehicles, sensors for weapon stabilisation, inertial guidance systems for missiles and attitude heading reference system / navigation systems for fixed and rotary wing aircraft. Northrop Grumman Italia will display a full range of its state-of-the-art fibre-optic navigation systems including the LISA-200, the Navex family of attitude heading reference systems and LN-251 / LN-270 high accuracy inertial navigation systems. These systems 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 Hawk.
Source: Northrop Grumman