Northrop Grumman Announces Centers of Excellence in Florida, California and New York — Press Release
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FALLS CHURCH, Va., March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) announced today it is designating five centers of design and integration excellence in support of its Aerospace Systems sector’s manned aircraft, unmanned systems and electronic attack businesses. In addition, the company announced plans to close an Information Systems sector facility in Dominguez Hills, Calif.
“Consolidating these centers of excellence will improve our strategic alignment with our customers’ need for increasingly innovative and affordable products, services and solutions,” said Wes Bush, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Northrop Grumman. “We continuously examine our operational capacity to determine how we can leverage it in the most efficient and cost-competitive manner. Given the current budget environment, it is imperative that we act to enhance future performance, innovation and affordability for our customers.”
The Manned Aircraft Design Center of Excellence will be located in Melbourne, Fla., and will include aircraft design work currently being performed at the company’s Bethpage, N.Y., facility. The B-2, F/A-18 and F-35 programs will remain in Palmdale, El Segundo and Redondo Beach, Calif., respectively.
The company’s Unmanned Systems Center of Excellence will be located at its Rancho Bernardo facility in San Diego, Calif. Two programs will transition to that center: the MQ-4C Triton program from Bethpage, N.Y., and the NATO Airborne Ground Surveillance program from Melbourne, Fla.
An Electronic Attack Center of Excellence will be located in Bethpage, N.Y., and will include the Aerospace Systems’ Electronic Attack program team.
The company has designated two Aircraft Integration Centers of Excellence, one in Palmdale, Calif., and the other in St. Augustine, Fla. Current integration activities in Moss Point, Miss., and New Town, N.D., are not included in this transition.
The company will close its Dominguez Hills, Calif., facility as part of its long-term effort to reduce facilities and costs. This facility supports the development and integration of C4I networked communications capabilities and solutions, and mission support work for the Information Systems sector. This work will be transitioned in phases to other company facilities beginning in 2013. Northrop Grumman also announced plans to complete the closure of its Electronic Systems sector’s Norwalk, Conn., facility, including radar test range operations.
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cybersecurity, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.
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LONDON, November 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ —
Programme leaders from the US Navy and Northrop Grumman Corporation have detailed the progress on the E-2D Hawkeye in an exclusive interview ahead of the company’s involvement in Defence IQ’s 12th Annual Airborne Early Warning event taking place in Paris from January 22 – 24. Listen to the full interview at http://www.airborneearlywarning.com.
Bart LaGrone, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems vice president for the Airborne Early Warning and Battle Management Command and Control (AEW/BMC2) programmes, and the new USN programme manager for the E-2D, Captain John “Chet” Lemmon, confirmed that initial test and evaluation of the aircraft had been completed and that the current contract is for provision of 20 E-2Ds to the Navy, with other foreign sales under consideration.
“Northrop Grumman has been the lead sponsor for this AEW conference since its inception more than a decade ago,” said Lagrone.
“As the global leader in Airborne Early Warning and Battle Management Command and Control Systems, we at Northrop Grumman feel this forum facilitates a free exchange and advancement of ideas by bringing together subject matter experts representing numerous communities from various countries; the attendees can be guaranteed an intense two day experience.
“I believe the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is built on an incredible legacy and I believe Defence IQ and their hosting of the AEW conference is a great way to kick off another milestone in Airborne Early Warning.”
The conference website also hosts a range of new resources for those interested in the subject, as well as the latest agenda featuring senior commanders from the Royal Navy French Navy, Brazilian Air Force, and Swedish Air Force, among others. For more information on the Airborne Early Warning agenda, you can download the full programme here.
Bookings for Airborne Early Warning can be made by visiting the site, by e-mailing [email protected], or by calling +44(0)20-7368-9300.
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Several of the larger U.S. defense contractors released their quarterly statements this week and so far the trend has been to remain steady or show growth. As of now the planned reduction in U.S. defense spending has not yet seriously affected their performance but many expressed concerns with future plans and trends in the industry.
Lockheed Martin (LMT) saw an increase in profit compared to last year’s quarter of almost 25%. Profit was $700 million on revenues of $12.1 billion compared to the previous $560 million. The company though had a charge of almost $40 million related to cuts in its workforce.
Lockheed also expressed concerns with statements by the Pentagon that in the next batch of production F-35 Joint Strike Fighter that it should share in some of the costs caused by design changes related to testing results. This would be a major change in how defense procurements are normally done and could open up Lockheed for a large amount of liability and cost. The company and some in Congress have been meeting with Defense Department officials to push back on the idea of shared liability.
General Dynamics (GD) reported a slight increase in profits to $1.80 a share up ten cents from last year. This was on lower revenues of $7.85 billion compared to $8. GD expects for the year to deliver $7.15-$7.20 a share in earnings. The company like all of the other large contractors will continue plans to lower costs and shed employees over the next year to position itself for cuts in spending.
Northrop Grumman (NOC) also had an increase in profits. They were up 4.6% to $1.86 a share on slightly lower revenue of $6.61 billion. The growth was due to sales at their electronic systems segment as aerospace systems and information systems were lower. The company does expect overall earnings for the year to be higher then previously stated at $6.95-$7.05 a share. Northrop also saw pension impacts affect their earnings related to eliminating some jobs. Northrop had earlier this year spun off their naval systems business into Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) which reduced revenue substantially.
Boeing (BA) also did well beating analyst estimates by 36 cents at $1.46 a share. Boeing’s net income was over a billion dollars an increase of almost $260 million compared to last quarter on sales of $17.7 billion. Boeing is different from other defense contractors in that 50% or more of their business is commercial aviation. This earnings report was dominated by discussion of the 787 airliner which has just started deliveries and service with airlines. Boeing delivered more jets this quarter then last and has sold out almost 8 years of 787 production. Boeing too will look at reducing overhead and cost structure on their defense side in order to compete in what is expected to be a tight market.
So far earnings by defense contractors have yet to see the effects of the end of fighting in Iraq, plans to draw down Afghanistan and expected cuts in defense spending. Although the 2012 budget has yet to be finished it is expected to be flat. The Government is already making decisions on ending programs such as radios, missiles and potentially vehicle systems. Next year may not be so good and 2013 might be much worse. All of the companies are looking at their costs and how to deal with a Defense Department that is pushing initiatives to reduce prices and risk in acquisition programs. As illustrated by the F-35 the contractors will only do so much to absorb this risk and the related costs.
Hamilton Sundstrand, AVIC EM finalize Agreement to Develop Commercial Aerospace Vapor Cycle System Joint Venture — Press Release
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Hamilton Sundstrand, AVIC EM finalize Agreement to Develop Commercial Aerospace Vapor Cycle System Joint Venture
NANJING, China, June 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation and AVIC Electromechanical Systems Company Limited (AVIC EM) have finalized plans and entered into a definitive contract to manufacture vapor cycle cooling systems in Nanjing, China. Hamilton Sundstrand is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), and AVIC EM is a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).
The two companies announced a framework agreement for the joint venture at the Zhuhai Air Show in November 2010. The joint venture with AVIC EM’s Nanjing Engineering Institute of Aerospace Systems (NEIAS) is a 50/50 strategic partnership to build air management system components for the Chinese and international markets. Plans are in place to begin facility development in September 2011.
“Hamilton Sundstrand is looking forward to launching this exciting new venture with AVIC EM,” said Tom Pelland, Hamilton Sundstrand vice president and general manager for Air Management Systems. “We see strong growth in this market segment and we are delighted to partner with AVIC EM to make the new company a success.”
AVIC EM designs and produces a wide range of aerospace airborne systems and products for both the Chinese and international markets.
“The establishment of this joint venture in China offers many advantages,” said Jiao Yusong, general manager of NEIAS. “We are confident that this partnership will be successful based on the technologies and manufacturing experience that both parties offer.”
Hamilton Sundstrand began its presence in the Chinese civil aviation market in 1985 with the development of the Y7-200A aircraft. Today, Hamilton Sundstrand is a key systems supplier on COMAC’s 90-seat ARJ21 regional jet and the 150-seat class C919.
With 2010 sales of $5.6 billion, Hamilton Sundstrand is headquartered in Windsor Locks, Conn. Among the world’s largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and industrial products, the company designs, manufactures and services aerospace systems and provides integrated system solutions for commercial, regional, corporate and military aircraft. It is also a major supplier for international space programs.
United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company that provides high-technology products and services to the aerospace and building industries.
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The U.S. defense market has been dominated by five major companies since the late Nineties. Boeing (BA), Lockheed Martin (LMT), Raytheon (RTN), General Dynamics (GD), and Northrop Grumman (NOC) emerged from the large scale mergers and acquisitions as the “Peace Dividend” caused contraction in the defense budget and the U.S. industrial base at the same time. In 2009 these five companies had total revenue of almost $40 billion to the U.S. defense establishment.
One of the advantages that these companies have over other defense contractors is that they offered diversified products. These include non-military aerospace systems such as Boeing’s civil airliners or GD’s Gulfstream Aerospace as well as other government customers such as the Department of Homeland Security or Health and Human Services or in Northrop’s case the Commonwealth of Virginia.
This means that in times of decreased government spending on defense or other items they can use their commercial product lines to balance out those declines in revenue in earnings. They also can by spreading their defense products into R&D, hardware and services also achieve the same effect. Raytheon is a recent example of this.
Their recent earnings report was down partly due to the cancellation of an IT contract by the United Kingdom’s government. This required the company to take a charge against the cancellation. One would think that this might make the British government take a harsher look at further dealings with Raytheon due to their failure on that contract. Raytheon though does have an advantage in that they have an installed base of equipment and systems throughout the British military that need support.
This meant that a few days ago the company received a contract worth almost $140 million to support self defense gun systems mounted on Royal Navy ships. ) The Close–In Weapon System (CIWS) used by the U.S. Navy and many allies features a 20mm Gatling gun with on-mount radar and tracking systems that allows it to detect, track and engage missiles and aircraft. Raytheon will upgrade the system for improved capability and also to make it similar to the ones being used now by the U.S.
So at the same time that the U.K. government is cancelling a contract and trying to resolve the financial impact of that with the Massachusetts’ based company they are also buying further services and hardware from it. This disconnect is caused by the fact that Raytheon makes the CIWS and the government must deal with them on maintenance, repair and other work. Raytheon by having a broad base of products and services is able to keep customers and continue to generate revenue and earnings.
This means that defense contractors are able to ride out periods of decline in spending or issues with one or another contract and while there may not be that growth that some analysts like there will be steady revenue and in some cases dividends as their stock prices hold their value.
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Article first published as Raytheon Illustrates Diversification is Key in Defense Contracting Maintaining Revenue on Technorati.
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The world wide defense industry continues to consolidate as contractors larger-and-small continue to acquire other companies to expand their roles in certain business lines or due to shrinking defense budgets causing a refocus. Several deals closed or where announced in the last few months.
Last month for example Cubic Corporation (CUB) announced that they would move to acquire Abraxas Corporation. Cubic provides test support and range services to a variety of defense customers worldwide. Abraxas supports cybercrime and defense and security customers. The deal was estimated to be worth around $124 million. Last week Cubic received regulatory approval for the acquisition to go forward.
CACI (CACI) the large intelligence and IT service support contractor as of 1 November completed its acquisition of privately held TechniGraphics. TechniGraphics provides geospatial services and this will expand CACI’s ability to gain market share. CACI has done very well over the last few years and some consider its business model as the way most defense contractors will go as the large hardware contracts become fewer due to budgetary pressures.
The Israeli defense contractor Elbit who manufacture aerospace systems including UAV as well as parts and support services for aircraft completed its acquisition of the U.S. company M7 Aerospace yesterday. The $85 million sale will allow Elbit more penetration of the U.S. market as M7 provides government and commercial customers aviation logistics, maintenance and supply chain management. Due to export control and security laws and regulations it is often easiest for overseas companies to establish U.S. subsidiaries or acquire U.S. companies to enter its defense market.
M&A has been picking up as the market adjusts to the expected flattening or decline of the U.S. and European defense budgets. As the funding shrinks it will cause companies to consider their products and market shares. Some will want to sell parts to get out of those business areas and some will want to acquire to get into them.
The biggest deal that is hanging out there is what Northrop Grumman (NOC) wants to do with its ship building group. Previously they have stated they would like to sell it as declining U.S. Navy ship building plans limit their opportunities. Depending how the U.S. defense budget ultimately resets these plans could be reconsidered.
These trends will continue and may accelerate over the next few years as the defense industry adjusts as it did in the Nineties to the changing market.
July 19, 2010
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) first Block 40 RQ-4 Global Hawk high altitude long endurance (HALE) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) has completed envelope expansion flights, just six months after conducting its first flight. The Block 40 aircraft will be equipped with the high performance Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program (MP-RTIP) sensor and is the first of 22 Block 40 Global Hawks assigned to Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota.
A photo accompanying this release is available.
The company also delivered on time the first development test MP-RTIP sensor to Edwards AFB for integration on the aircraft. The MP-RTIP sensor has completed radar system level performance verification on a surrogate aircraft, and will be integrated into AF-18, a Block 40 Global Hawk aircraft, for operational evaluation.
"The MP-RTIP-equipped Global Hawk illustrates Northrop Grumman's unique ability to create a system that will provide game-changing situational awareness for our warfighters with its unprecedented capability to detect, track and identify stationary and moving targets," said Duke Dufresne, vice president of the Strike and Surveillance Systems division of Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. "Our next step is to finalize sensor integration with the airframe and conduct the first flight of the full Block 40 system later this year."
"The MP-RTIP sensor has proven to perform above and beyond expectations," said George Vardoulakis, Northrop Grumman vice president of MP-RTIP. "The superior technology of the MP-RTIP will prove to be an invaluable resource to the warfighter."
Global Hawk's range, endurance and large payload capabilities are well suited to provide persistent surveillance with MP-RTIP. Flying at altitudes up to 60,000 feet for more than 32 hours per sortie at speeds approaching 340 knots, the MP-RTIP-equipped Block 40 Global Hawk can persistently see through most types of weather, day or night. As the world's first fully autonomous HALE UAS, Global Hawk is the platform of choice for a wide variety of sensors, foreign and domestic, meeting the global need for persistent ISR.
Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor for the Global Hawk and MP-RTIP programs and continues to move these technologies forward under the stewardship of the Air Force's Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and the Electronic Systems Center, located at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. Northrop Grumman's Norwalk, Conn., facility is the principal MP-RTIP radar developer along with principal subcontractor, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, El Segundo, Calif.
Northrop Grumman is also the prime contractor for the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (NATO AGS) system, in development at the Melbourne, Florida facility of the Aerospace Systems Battle Management & Engagement Systems division, in which the Block 40 RQ-4 is a key component.
Northrop Grumman's Global Hawk program is based at its Aerospace Systems' Unmanned Systems Development Center in San Diego. The company performs Global Hawk sub-assembly work at its Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point, Miss., and final assembly at its Antelope Valley Manufacturing Center in Palmdale, Calif.
The principal Global Hawk industry team includes: Aurora Flight Sciences, Bridgeport, West Va. (V-tail assembly and other composite structures); L-3 Communications, Salt Lake City (communication system); Raytheon Company, Waltham, Mass. (ground station); Rolls-Royce Corporation, Indianapolis (engine); and Vought Aircraft Industries, Dallas (wing).
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Retrofit Adds Functionality, Service Life to Older Unmanned Training Systems
SAN DIEGO – Some of the oldest aerial targets in the U.S. Navy's inventory can now be used for some of the service's most advanced training missions thanks to the recent on-schedule completion of an avionics upgrade of those targets by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC).
In late June, the company completed deliveries to the Navy of 25 BQM-34S Firebee aerial targets, each one retrofitted with modern avionics hardware from the service's primary target system, the Northrop Grumman-produced BQM-74E. As part of this Avionics Upgrade program, Northrop Grumman also provided updated operational flight program software, training of Navy personnel and flight test support.
"This upgrade program converted 25 targets that were nearly obsolete into state-of-the-art systems that will meet the Navy's most critical training system requirements for many years to come," said Hans Dall, program manager of the BQM-34 Targets Program for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. "The BQM-34Ss can be operated with the Standard Navy Target Control command and control system, and will allow the Navy to carry larger payloads than the BQM-74E in a system that delivers the proven performance of the BQM-74E."
Aerial targets are unmanned, aircraft-like systems used by the military to simulate tactical threats posed by enemy aircraft and missiles. They are typically used to test and evaluate surface ship defensive weapons systems or to train pilots in air-to-air combat techniques.
According to Dall, the new avionics and software added to the BQM-34Ss give the targets fully autonomous waypoint navigation and an improved ability to perform intricate maneuvers at extremely low altitudes.
"The BQM-34S Avionics Upgrade program is a great example of Northrop Grumman's expertise in migrating the capabilities of one unmanned system to another unmanned platform using proven hardware technology and only minor software changes," said Steve Mastin, director of target programs for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector.
As another example, Mastin cited the company's current work with Bell Helicopter developing and flight testing a new medium range vertical unmanned aerial system (VUAS) called Fire-X. Fire-X will integrate the proven unmanned systems architecture of the Navy's MQ-8B Fire Scout VUAS with the mature, FAA-certified Bell 407 airframe. Northrop Grumman is the Navy's prime contractor for Fire Scout.
The BQM-34 Firebee is a versatile, highly reliable aerial target with a top speed of Mach 0.97, and an operational altitude envelope ranging from 10 feet above the sea surface to 60,000 feet. It can perform seven-g turns while maintaining high airspeeds for realistic threat presentations. It features a modular, robust design; large internal and external payload capacity; and abundant electrical power, allowing it to support a variety of specialized target and tactical unmanned aerial vehicle missions. It has been in service with the U.S. military for more than five decades.
June 30, 2010
Instructional Materials Support Core Training for F-35 Pilots, Maintainers
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has added momentum to the planned summer 2010 opening of Lockheed Martin's (NYSE:LMT) F-35 Integrated Training Center at Eglin AFB, Fla. by delivering, on schedule and on budget, the first set of instructional materials needed to train pilots and aircraft maintainers.
Known as courseware, the electronic materials include all of the presentation materials that classroom instructors will use to teach pilots how to fly the F-35, and maintainers how to repair and support the aircraft. The courseware also includes students' self-study materials and pilot briefing materials used to support F-35 simulator and flight training events.
Northrop Grumman, a principal subcontractor on the Lockheed Martin-led F-35 industry team, delivered the first block of courseware for maintainers in March, followed by the first block of courseware for pilots in April. Both deliveries went to Lockheed Martin's Simulation, Training and Support organization at Eglin AFB.
"Training systems courseware provides the fundamental framework for teaching pilots and aircraft maintainers how to prepare for the F-35 mission or maintenance scenarios they're most likely to encounter," explains Mark Tucker, vice president of tactical systems and F-35 program manager for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. "The goal is for every pilot and every maintainer to reach the same level of knowledge about the jet, regardless of where they started."
Northrop Grumman is responsible for developing the courseware for pilots and maintainers for all three F-35 variants, plus any specialized courseware requested by F-35 partner countries, he added.
The current deliveries of courseware support the Block 0.5 software installed in the two F-35s produced during the first phase of low rate initial production (LRIP1). Subsequent deliveries of courseware will support the more advanced software currently being installed in LRIP2 and LRIP3 jets.
According to Peter Leung, leader of Northrop Grumman's courseware integrated product team, much of the company's expertise in courseware derives from its experience as the Air Force's prime contractor on the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, where it had similar training development responsibilities.
As with B-2, he explains, the company ensures the quality and accuracy of the F-35 courseware by including three types of reviewers in its development: (1) instructional specialists who help organize the information in a way that people can learn most effectively; (2) subject matter experts – typically former pilots or maintainers – who help ensure that the course materials convey the ideas in language and terms familiar to the students; and (3) current military pilots or maintainers who ensure that the material teaches the subject in a manner consistent with military doctrine.
"It's a very disciplined, collaborative process aimed at ensuring that our warfighters, regardless of their service affiliation or training background, gain the knowledge and the confidence to fly, maintain and support one of the most advanced, most capable jets in the international inventory," said Leung.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.
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June 22, 2010
REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – A pulsed fiber laser Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is developing for future space-based environmental missions has surpassed power output requirements by producing more than 170 watts of average power with nearly perfect beam quality.
This type of fiber laser has the advantages of high efficiency and compact size, and is scalable and adaptable for a variety of space missions, including spaced-based 3-D imaging, altimetry and optical remote sensing using Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) technology, according to Robert Burke, vice president for civil and military systems at Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector.
"This is a significant milestone in preparing fiber laser devices for space LIDAR systems," Burke said. "The compactness and high efficiency of this technology positions us well in our efforts to offer our customers space-qualified laser products that enable more cost-effective LIDAR systems."
The company's ALTAIR IV fiber laser operated at a multi-kilohertz, pulse repetition frequency rate with less than 2.0 nanosecond pulses in recent laboratory tests, according to Stephen Palese, technical lead.
"Our fiber laser approach for ALTAIR IV allows for significantly improved efficiency that is five to 10 times better than previous-generation diode-pumped, bulk solid-state lasers," Palese said. "This will enable substantially smaller size and mass compared with existing pulsed lasers, reducing spacecraft resource requirements and resulting in lower system costs."
The company has been developing critical fiber laser technologies that can be scaled to support various civil space missions since 2005. In 2008, it produced 79W from a single fiber in a proof-of-concept demonstration for laser radar applications. The following year, it successfully tested a twin-fiber breadboard that addressed multi-fiber packaging while operating at 50 kHz pulse repetition rate. These developments enabled this most current packaged fiber laser demonstration.
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Northrop Grumman Names Patricia McMahon as Sector Vice President and General Manager of Aerospace Systems’ Battle Management and Engagement Systems Division
June 3, 2010
BETHPAGE, N.Y. – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has announced the appointment of Patricia McMahon as sector vice president and general manager of its Aerospace Systems sector's Battle Management and Engagement Systems Division. Most recently, she served as vice president and deputy of the division.
"Pat McMahon is a valued member of Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems and has exhibited tremendous leadership as a member of our senior management team," said Gary Ervin, corporate vice president and president of the company's Aerospace Systems sector. "She will lead Battle Management and Engagement Systems Division with the command for excellence and commitment to performance that has been a professional hallmark throughout her successful career."
Based in Bethpage, N.Y., Battle Management and Engagement Systems Division has sites in Hollywood, Md.; Charleston, S.C.; Warner Robins, Ga.; and Melbourne, St. Augustine, and Niceville, Fla. In addition, smaller sites are located across the country and at military installations around the world.
The division specializes in the design, development and production of airborne early warning, maritime and ground surveillance and battle management systems to support customers worldwide. Key programs include the E-2 Hawkeye, EA-6B Prowler, E-8C Joint STARS, EA-18G Growler, RQ-4N Broad Area Maritime Surveillance unmanned aircraft system and NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance.
McMahon joined Northrop Grumman in 2003 and has held positions of increasing responsibility. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, McMahon was a vice president and general manager for BAE Systems in Greenlawn, N.Y.
McMahon is currently the chairman of the Town of Babylon Planning Board and is a director of the Business Council of New York State, Inc. (BCNYS). She is also currently on the boards of the Long Island Software and Technology Network (LISTnet), Long Island Philharmonic, and the Farmingdale College Foundation. In addition, in 2007 McMahon was named to Long Island's 50 most influential women hall of fame.
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May 3, 2010
Fire-X Adds Cargo, Range, Payload Capabilities to Proven Fire Scout Architecture
WASHINGTON –– U.S. war fighters will be able to keep tabs on their enemies for longer periods of time, communicate more easily with their commanders, and deliver more cargo to more remote locations using the new Fire-X medium-range vertical unmanned aerial system (VUAS) unveiled today by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and Bell Helicopter, a Textron Company (NYSE:TXT).
The two companies have joined forces to develop and demonstrate the new rugged, high-capacity unmanned aerial system based on the four-blade, single-engine Bell 407 helicopter. First flight of Fire-X is expected by the end of 2010. The new system also represents Northrop Grumman's entry in an anticipated U.S. Navy competition in 2011 to demonstrate a new medium-range UAS.
"The Fire-X system integrates Northrop Grumman's proven unmanned systems know-how with a proven, FAA-certified helicopter airframe that's been in service since 1996," said Gene Fraser, sector vice president and general manager for the Advanced Programs and Technology division of Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. "The result will be an affordable, fast-fielding system that delivers the maturity of the unmanned systems architecture developed by the U.S. Navy's MQ-8B Fire Scout program, while giving military services the extra UAS cargo, payload and endurance they seek."
Reporters got their first look at the new VUAS concept today in Northrop Grumman's booth at the Navy League Sea-Air-Space Exposition in National Harbor, Md.
"Bell Helicopter brings to the Fire-X development more than 50 years of experience producing and supporting U.S. military helicopters across the full rotary-wing aviation mission spectrum, including armed reconnaissance, attack, utility, and MedEvac," said Jeff Lowinger, executive vice president of engineering for Bell Helicopter. "We're also backing this new offering with Bell's unmatched global logistics support, training, and industry-leading customer service."
Fire-X will incorporate Fire Scout's modular, field-proven architecture that accommodates a variety of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and communications payloads. It also provides complementary capabilities for missions that demand larger payloads (up to 3000 pounds), longer endurance (more than 14 hours) and robust cargo hauling (up to 2646 pounds external).
Fire-X is being designed to operate with nearly any type of current or future military standards-based control segment. It will communicate as easily with shipboard controllers using the Navy's Tactical Control Station (TCS) as field commanders using the U.S. Army's field-proven One System® ground control station.
Fire-X is the latest in a long line of tactical UASs from Northrop Grumman, a leader in developing, integrating and testing unmanned systems for more than 60 years. In addition to using Fire Scout's unmanned systems architecture, it will draw on the company's systems integration and testing expertise acquired through developing targets for the Navy, the Army's MQ-5A Hunter fixed wing UAS, and the company's new line of scalable Bat™ unmanned aircraft systems.
Fire-X also takes full advantage of Northrop Grumman's proven ability to "unman" or optionally man a manned helicopter – i.e. replace the in-vehicle pilot with the appropriate avionics, software and ground control station to accurately and reliably duplicate the behavior and performance of the air vehicle.
The Bell 407 helicopter currently serves the commercial human transportation requirements of corporations, hospitals, news organizations, movie studios and law enforcement agencies worldwide, with nearly 1,000 systems in service and more than 2.5 million accumulated flight hours. Bell's customer service has been rated number one for the last 16 years running.
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General Dynamics Awarded Mission Payload Module Technology Demonstration Contract by U.S. Marine Corps — Press Release
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General Dynamics Awarded Mission Payload Module Technology Demonstration Contract by U.S. Marine Corps
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., April 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has been awarded a $3 million contract by the U.S. Marine Corps System Command (MARCORSYSCOM) for a technology demonstration (TD) and evaluation of a new hardware’s ability to meet the program requirements for the Mission Payload Module — Non-Lethal Weapon System (MPM-NLWS). A full-and-open competition will follow the initial technology demonstration phase of this program.
Called the Medusa Weapon System, the new system — developed by General Dynamics with its subcontractor and partner, ATK Aerospace Systems — will adapt advanced 66mm grenade and launcher technology to provide improved counter-personnel and non-lethal capabilities that temporarily incapacitate targets through intense light, sound and pressure stimuli.
The Medusa’s articulated launcher and fire control system fires a new non-lethal grenade munition with electronic, in-tube, range-programmable fuzing that provides precision placement of the non-lethal effect. The system will provide longer range, greater area coverage, extended duration, lower risk of permanent injury and better scalability of effects over current non-lethal weapon systems. The Medusa system is also capable of launching the current inventory of 66mm non-lethal and obscuration-effect grenades and will be integrated onto the Marine Corps Transparent Armor Gun Shield (MCTAGS), ballistic-glass shields which are used to protect service members in close urban environments.
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) , is a world leader in the manufacture of large-, medium- and small-caliber direct and indirect-fire munitions, shaped charge warheads and propellants. It also manufactures precision metal components; and aerostructures in support of the tactical missile industry. More information on General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical is available online at www.gd-ots.com.
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 91,200 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about General Dynamics is available online at www.generaldynamics.com.
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General Dynamics Awarded Mission Payload Module Technology Demonstration Contract by U.S. Marine Corps
April 30, 2010 11:04 AM
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., --General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has been awarded a $3 million contract by the U.S. Marine Corps System Command (MARCORSYSCOM) for a technology demonstration (TD) and evaluation of a new hardware's ability to meet the program requirements for the Mission Payload Module -- Non-Lethal Weapon System (MPM-NLWS). A full-and-open competition will follow the initial technology demonstration phase of this program.
Called the Medusa Weapon System, the new system -- developed by General Dynamics with its subcontractor and partner, ATK Aerospace Systems -- will adapt advanced 66mm grenade and launcher technology to provide improved counter-personnel and non-lethal capabilities that temporarily incapacitate targets through intense light, sound and pressure stimuli.
The Medusa's articulated launcher and fire control system fires a new non-lethal grenade munition with electronic, in-tube, range-programmable fuzing that provides precision placement of the non-lethal effect. The system will provide longer range, greater area coverage, extended duration, lower risk of permanent injury and better scalability of effects over current non-lethal weapon systems. The Medusa system is also capable of launching the current inventory of 66mm non-lethal and obscuration-effect grenades and will be integrated onto the Marine Corps Transparent Armor Gun Shield (MCTAGS), ballistic-glass shields which are used to protect service members in close urban environments.
April 8, 2010
STOVL Variant is First F-35 to Carry Electronic Systems That Provide Mission Capabilities
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today congratulated F-35 Lightning II prime contractor Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) for successfully completing the inaugural flight of the first F-35 mission systems aircraft.
The flight of the F-35 designated BF-4, a short take off, vertical landing (STOVL) variant, commenced April 7 at 10:04 a.m. CDT from Lockheed Martin's Fort Worth plan, and lasted approximately 55 minutes. It was piloted by Lockheed Martin F-35 Test Pilot David Nelson.
The flight of BF-4 marks the first time an F-35 has flown with mission-enabling sensor systems, including the Northrop Grumman-developed fire-control radar, and integrated communications, navigation, identification avionics. The company, a principal and founding member of the Lockheed Martin F-35 industry team, also builds the center fuselage for all three F-35 variants and provides key mission systems software and related test equipment.
"The first flight of BF-4 is good news for the warfighter," said Mark A. Tucker, vice president of tactical systems and the F-35 program manager for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. "It means the flight test program is now expanding from simply testing the flying characteristics of this fifth generation fighter, to testing the systems that will deliver the F-35's multi-role value to the U.S. and its allies."
Northrop Grumman is proud of the role it plays helping Lockheed Martin ensure that the F-35 meets the critical mission requirements not only of the U.S. Department of Defense, but also of the F-35 partner countries and potential international customers, added Tucker. Lockheed Martin is the F-35 mission systems integrator.
The company provides missions systems software used to perform several critical F-35 functions: external communications, which includes training, landing and maintenance data links; sensor planning; mission management; embedded training; and health monitoring of on-board mission systems. It also develops and produces the test station equipment used by the entire industry team to develop and test F-35 mission systems software.
Northrop Grumman also produces the aircraft's AN/APG-81 active electronically scanned array fire control radar. It allows the pilot to engage air and ground targets at long range, and provides situational awareness. To date, the company has conducted extensive flight testing
of the radar on other platforms with very positive results.
Northrop Grumman developed and has successfully demonstrated the software-defined radios that provide core communication, navigation and identification (CNI) functions for the F-35. This flexible, real-time reconfigurable system will eventually provide the jet with
more than 40 CNI functions, including advanced data networking capabilities. To date, it has demonstrated excellent range and stability aboard Lockheed Martin's Cooperative Avionics Test Bed (CATBird) aircraft, a flying laboratory that provides an avionics environment similar to the F-35.
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March 29, 2010
Northrop Grumman Helps Fund Project at Trent Lott International Airport
MOSS POINT, Miss. –– Governor Haley Barbour awarded Jackson County with the Mississippi Governor's Award of Excellence on March 25 for a major improvement project at the Trent Lott International Airport. The project, partially funded as a Katrina Community Development Block Grant, added a taxiway to connect Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point to the airport's runway.
Northrop Grumman also helped provide funding for the taxiway project, which began in early January 2009 and will provide direct access from the company's production facility to the airport's taxiway for testing of the MQ-8B Fire Scout, a vertical unmanned aircraft system (VUAS).
"This airport upgrade enables Northrop Grumman's current and prospective customers to see our Fire Scout capabilities in Moss Point without traveling to multiple locations," said Jim Zortman, Unmanned Systems Development Center site manager and sector vice president for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. "It also serves as a testament to our valued partnership with the community, officials from Jackson County and the state of Mississippi."
The Moss Point facility is Northrop Grumman's production site for the MQ-8B Fire Scout VUAS. The facility is currently building Fire
Scouts and ground control stations for the U.S. Navy. The site has also built two company-funded Fire Scouts and is currently building a
company-funded ground control station.
The Moss Point site also builds fuselages for the high-altitude, long-endurance RQ-4 Global Hawk. Early last year, the facility completed the first Euro Hawk® fuselage, which is currently undergoing testing in California and scheduled to be delivered to Germany later this year.
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Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC)
March 22, 2010
LOS ANGELES –– Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) executive Lisa Kohl, sector vice president of Global Supply Chain for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, was awarded the Purchasing Executive Award by the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAAACC). The award was presented to Kohl on March 18, as part of the 17th Annual Economic Awards Dinner held at the Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel.
"We are very proud of the honor being bestowed upon Lisa Kohl and Northrop Grumman. Lisa has built a strong and successful Global Supply Chain organization by combining strong management, technical excellence and an empowered workforce," said Gary Ervin, president, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "Lisa leads by example and exemplifies how the power of diversity and inclusion can be harnessed to benefit customers, shareholders and employees."
As sector vice president of Global Supply Chain, Kohl is responsible for developing and maintaining a strong supply base for the broad set of products produced for Aerospace Systems' customers. The Global Supply Chain organization encompasses subcontracts, procurement, supplier assessment and quality, pricing and estimating, transportation, kitting, production support, and the business system architecture design and implementation.
The 17th Annual Economic Awards Banquet is one of the largest celebrations of GLAAACC, which advocates and promotes the economic growth and development of African American businesses by focusing on the development of business opportunities, business alliances and
legislative advocacy. Northrop Grumman Corporation has been a strong supporter of GLAAACC since the organization's inception in 1991.
Northrop Grumman believes creating a work force and a workplace that values diversity and fosters inclusion is pivotal to promoting innovation and increasing productivity and profitability. The company is proud to have been named to DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity List earlier this year.
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Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC)
July 7, 2009
SAN DIEGO -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has delivered to the U.S. Navy two retrofitted BQM-34 Firebee aerial targets, the first delivery in a series of BQM-34 targets retrofitted with current production avionics hardware and software capability from the BQM-74E product line.
The retrofit addresses avionics obsolescence issues faced by the oldest BQM-34 targets in the Navy inventory. An added benefit of integrating the modernized avionics includes fully autonomous waypoint navigation and improved extreme low altitude performance using the same mission planning system and vehicle avionics suite currently delivered with Navy BQM-74 targets. Under two contracts recently awarded by the Navy, Northrop Grumman will retrofit a total of 15 BQM-34 Firebees. The upgraded capability was initially demonstrated on August 17, 2005, with a successful first flight featuring the enhanced integrated avionics unit serving as the vehicle's autopilot. The two recent deliveries represent the first production version of the upgraded capability.
"The incorporation of the avionics upgrade into the BQM-34S will provide the Navy with an extremely economical means to fulfill their future target needs," said Hans Dall, manager of the Targets Program for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. "The avionics upgrade will assure that the exceptional capabilities provided by the BQM-34 will continue to support Navy needs for many more years."
The primary mission of Firebee is to simulate tactical threats posed by enemy aircraft and missiles for test and evaluation of defensive weapons systems. With a top speed of Mach 0.97, and an operational envelope covering altitudes as low as 10 feet above the sea surface and as high as 60,000 feet, the BQM-34 Firebee is a highly versatile and reliable high performance aerial target system. It is capable of performing seven-g turns while maintaining high airspeeds for realistic threat presentations.
With its high-thrust engine, advanced microprocessor flight control system, rugged airframe, and wide assortment of mission augmentation systems, the BQM-34 Firebee is a premier high performance aerial target system for today's military test and evaluation requirements. Its modular, robust design; large internal and external payload capacity; and abundant electrical power allows it to be readily modified to meet specialized target and tactical unmanned aerial vehicle missions. Such performance, and the ability to survive the hits and near misses of repeated missions, explains why the Firebee has been in constant use by American military services for more than five decades.
July 7, 2009
BETHPAGE, N.Y. -- Manufacturing of Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) first Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, the sixth E-2D to be produced, has kicked off with the start of keel assembly at the company's East Coast Manufacturing and Flight Test Center in St. Augustine, Fla.
The work is being performed under a $432 million contract awarded June 15 by the U.S. Navy, which includes two LRIP Lot 1 aircraft and an Advanced Acquisition Contract for two LRIP Lot II aircraft, as well as associated engineering and testing.
"The start of Low-Rate Initial Production brings us one step closer to delivering this high-quality, reliable E-2D Advanced Hawkeye weapons system to the warfighter," said Jim Culmo, vice president of Airborne Early Warning and Battle Management Command and Control programs for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems sector. "In addition to this first LRIP Lot I aircraft, the first three pilot production E-2D aircraft are moving through the production process, ahead of schedule, and we are on track to deliver the first pilot production aircraft in 2010."
While the state-of-the-art E-2D's external appearance is similar to the E-2C, presently in operation with the U.S. Navy and four international customers, the systems and capabilities contained in the E-2D have been completely redesigned. At the heart of this redesign isthe new, more powerful AN/APY-9 radar, designed and built by a radar team led by Lockheed Martin. Representing a two-generational leap in radar technology, the AN/APY-9 can "see" smaller targets, and more of them, at a greater range than currently fielded radar systems.
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July 8, 2009
Launch Abort System Successfully Tested At NASA Facility
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - July 8, 2009 - Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) played a major role in NASA's development of an alternate astronaut escape system that was successfully demonstrated today in a simulated launch abort test.
The unpiloted test was part of an assessment by the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) of a potential alternate launch abort system concept that could be used for future piloted spacecraft. The test occurred at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va.
NASA's Constellation Program is designing the Orion crew exploration vehicle, Ares launch vehicles and Altair Lunar Lander that will return humans to the moon to live and work. The Orion launch abort system offers a proven method of pulling the crew out of danger in the event of an emergency on the launch pad or during the climb to Earth orbit.
The alternate system is called the Max Launch Abort System (MLAS), which could deliver aerodynamic performance benefits, weight savings and be relatively simple in some spacecraft applications. The demonstration vehicle consists of a full-scale composite fairing, a full-scale crew module simulator and four solid rocket abort motors mounted in the boost skirt with motor mass simulators in the forward fairing.
"Our contribution to the MLAS demonstration is one example of a number of Northrop Grumman initiatives designed to help NASA mitigate risks related to key aspects of its Constellation Program," said Carl Meade, director of Constellation Systems for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector.
Northrop Grumman developed and produced the composite fairing, fins, drag plates, and motor cage structure. Company personnel based in Wallops Island, Va., performed structures and mechanism assembly and supported the vehicle integration and flight test. Northrop Grumman's subcontractor, Ensign Bickford Aerospace and Defense, Simsbury, Conn., provided pyrotechnic separation system mechanisms.
"We contributed our expertise in structures and mechanisms including advanced composites design, analysis and manufacturing from across the company," said Tod Palm, Northrop Grumman's MLAS program manager. "It was especially gratifying to work alongside NASA in a fast-paced, seamless team environment. We look forward to future opportunities to work with the NASA team to address similarly challenging issues."
The prototype in the test was used to evaluate the means to safely propel a spacecraft and its crew from an errant rocket. It represents a departure from the tower launch abort system used during Apollo launches and retained for the NASA Constellation Program.
The MLAS test was primarily a demonstration of unpowered flight along a stable trajectory, vehicle reorientation and stabilization, followed by crew module simulator separation from the MLAS fairing, stabilization and parachute recovery of the crew module simulator.
Northrop Grumman is working with NASA on other elements of the Constellation Program, including the Altair Lunar Lander. The company brings extensive experience with lunar landers, solar system probes and space observatories, along with its expertise in designing and producing large complex systems from spacecraft to ships to high performance aircraft.
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Northrop Grumman Expands Composites Manufacturing Training for Major Turkish F-35 Supplier — Press Release
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Northrop Grumman Expands Composites Manufacturing Training for Major Turkish F-35 Supplier
Hands-on training helps Turkish Aerospace Industries prepare for its role as a second source supplier for jet’s center fuselage
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., March 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is adding momentum to Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc.’s (TAI) readiness to build complete center fuselages for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft by teaching its engineers how to build the complex composite structures used in the jet.
From Jan. 18 to Feb. 12, the company conducted rigorous classroom and hands-on training at its Advanced Composites Center in El Segundo for more than a dozen engineers and manufacturing specialists from TAI. The training was the third in a planned series of classes designed to teach TAI employees, ultimately, how to build a complete F-35 center fuselage.
“To date, TAI has made great progress in learning the tools and techniques of composites manufacturing,” said Mark Tucker, vice president and F-35 program manager for Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems sector. “The recent training helped solidify their understanding of how to successfully produce and handle the actual composite inlet ducts used in the F-35.”
TAI is a second source supplier of F-35 center fuselages to Northrop Grumman, a principal member of the Lockheed Martin-led F-35 industry team. The Turkish company is slated to produce 400 center fuselages for the program beginning in the low rate initial production phases.
Guided by Northrop Grumman F-35 subject matter experts, the training engaged the TAI employees actively in the production of forward and aft inlet ducts for the jet. It included learning how to use the complex fiber placement mandrels that define the shape of the ducts; operating the machines that perform the actual fiber placement process; preparing the ducts for curing; performing post cure processing; and machining and conducting a final inspection of the completed parts.
According to Tucker, one of the parts that the TAI team helped produce – a forward inlet duct – will be integrated into one of the first major structural assemblies to be produced at TAI’s new F-35 assembly facilities in Ankara, Turkey later this year.
For Turker Dolek, a senior member of the TAI group, the benefits of the training extended far beyond simply refining and maturing their F-35 composite manufacturing skills.
“What we are also learning from Northrop Grumman is how to handle and manage manufacturing problems,” explains Dolek. “We’re very impressed that the company is encouraging all of its suppliers to bring their best effort to the program. All of the Northrop Grumman employees on the program are doing their best. We’re very honored to be part of this project.”
The TAI training is part of Northrop Grumman’s on-going commitment to help expand international participation in the F-35 program, build a reliable global supply chain, and help Lockheed Martin transition the program successfully from its current system development and demonstration phase into the LRIP and full-rate production phases.
Northrop Grumman is responsible for designing and producing the center fuselage for all three variants of the F-35. The company also designed and produces the aircraft’s radar and other key avionics including electro-optical and communications subsystems; develops mission systems and mission-planning software; leads the team’s development of pilot and maintenance training system courseware; and manages the team’s use, support and maintenance of low-observable technologies.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.
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March 1, 2010
LINTHICUM, Md. -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has appointed James M. Myers sector vice president of
mission assurance for the company's Electronic Systems sector, effective today.
In his new position, Myers will have executive responsibility for the program management functional organization and development and
implementation of all mission assurance programs and processes across the sector, including quality assurance, design assurance, risk and
opportunity management, independent reviews and assessments, and such process-improvement initiatives as Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing.
Myers joined the company in 1997 at the former TRW Space & Electronics where he served as vice president of business development
and, subsequently, vice president of strategic development with responsibility for strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, and
portfolio and intellectual asset management. In 2003, he was named vice president of satellite communications and later served as vice
president of payloads and sensors at Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. For the past three years, Myers served as sector vice
president and general manager of Northrop Grumman's Woodland Hills, Calif.-based Navigation Systems Division.
Myers earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, a master's degree in aeronautical and
astronautical engineering from Stanford University, and a master's degree in business administration from the Anderson School of
Management at University of California, Los Angeles.
He is a member of the board of the MATHCOUNTS Foundation, a nationwide enrichment, club and competition program that promotes
middle school mathematics achievement though grassroots involvement.
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February 25, 2010
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Fire Scout Vertical Unmanned Aircraft System (VUAS) demonstrated how the U.S. Army and other land forces could rely on its ability to ferry unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) and other logistics items into combat zones during the Army's recent Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE) at Fort Benning, Ga.
Fire Scout demonstrated how the soldier can rely on its multifunctional capability for force protection, reconnaissance surveillance target acquisition (RSTA) and communications relay that only a VUAS of its caliber can provide.
During the AEWE, Fire Scout flew to a named area of interest,
surveyed the area to ensure it was clear, and landed autonomously
within its pre-planned landing point. When Fire Scout's on-board skid
sensors detected contact with the ground, a command was sent to release
the unmanned ground vehicle. Seconds later, Fire Scout ascended and
then loitered at a higher altitude to observe and provide a relay for
commands between the UGV and its controller.
"Use of an unmanned system to carry other unmanned systems into
battle could improve the speed of operations while protecting U.S.
lives," said Al Nikolaus, program manager of land-based Fire Scout at
Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. "This demonstration
provides another example of Fire Scout's maturity, reliability,
flexibility, and its ability to operate successfully with currently
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U.S. Army Selects Northrop Grumman’s 100kW Solid-State Laser for Field Tests at Its High Energy Laser Systems Test Facility
February 18, 2010
REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – The solid-state laser system from Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) that produced the most powerful beam ever from a continuous wave, electric laser last year is joining other pioneering speed-of-light weapons demonstrators for field tests at the Army's High Energy Laser System Test Facility (HELSTF), N.M.
In cooperation with the U.S. Army's Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, which operates the test range at
White Sands Missile Range in southeastern New Mexico, BAE Systems has contracted with Northrop Grumman to relocate the Joint High Power Solid State Laser (JHPSSL) Phase 3 system from the company's laser factory in Redondo Beach, Calif., to HELSTF. Field testing is expected to begin this year.
This laser will be integrated with the beam control and command and control systems from another Northrop Grumman-built system, the Tactical High Energy Laser (THEL), to provide the Army with the world's first high-power, Solid State Laser Testbed Experiment (SSLTE).
"Northrop Grumman will have a lead role in integrating and operating the Army's solid-state laser test bed," said Steve Hixson, vice president of Advanced Concepts – Space and Directed Energy Systems for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. "We bring substantial
expertise to this project from our many years of experience building and demonstrating tactically-relevant laser systems."
The SSLTE will be used to evaluate the capability of a 100kW-class solid-state laser to accomplish a variety of missions. Those results will be the basis for directing future development of solid-state lasers as a weapon system.
"Solid-state lasers have achieved militarily useful power levels and packaging densities," said Dan Wildt, vice president of Directed Energy Systems. "We have been demonstrating laser performance at HELSTF and other test sites for many years, unequivocally proving their lethality against a wide variety of potential threats." These include missiles of various sizes and speeds, helicopters, drones, rockets, artillery, mortar rounds and submunitions.
Both the relocation of the JHPSSL Phase 3 device and the THEL facility refurbishment are being carried out under an Army contract
with BAE Systems, which has overall responsibility for the SSLTE systems engineering and test planning. BAE Systems is also developing a modular and transportable enclosure to house the JHPSSL device and its control room at the site.
Under the JHPSSL program, Northrop Grumman became the first company to reach the 100kW power level threshold for a solid-state
laser. The achievement also included turn-on time of less than one second and continuous operating time of greater than five minutes, with very good efficiency and beam quality.
The JHPSSL program is funded by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology;
Office of the Secretary of Defense – High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office, Albuquerque, N.M.; Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.; and the Office of Naval Research, Arlington, Va. Responsibility for program execution is assigned to USASMDC/ARSTRAT in Huntsville, Ala.
Northrop Grumman designed and built the Mid-Infrared Advanced Chemical Laser (MIRACL) for the U.S. Navy, which was a megawatt-class,
continuous wave chemical laser. The company also developed the first standalone, fully integrated laser weapon system demonstrator, the THEL
test bed, which was a joint effort by the Army and Israel's Ministry of Defence to engage short-range Katyusha l rockets.
Both MIRACL and THEL were high-power lasers based at HELSTF within the grounds of White Sands Missile Range. At HELSTF, the Army
tests high-energy laser technologies and weapon systems for propagation, lethality, survivability and dynamic engagements. HELSTF has access to the 3,200 square miles of restricted land area and 7,000 square miles of restricted airspace at White Sands to conduct such tests.
Critical Resupply Capability
February 15, 2010
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has successfully demonstrated that its MQ-8B Vertical Unmanned Aerial System (VUAS) can resupply U.S. or coalition troops deployed on a combat mission.
The company conducted the autonomous proof-of-principle
resupply capability during the current Army Expeditionary Warrior
Experiment (AEWE) at Fort Benning, Ga. AEWE gives soldiers a first-hand
look at emerging technologies and concepts.
"Fire Scout's ability to deliver supplies autonomously
demonstrates its readiness to support troops in the field," said Al
Nikolaus, program director of land-based Fire Scout at Northrop
Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. "It also highlights one of the many
advantages of a vertical unmanned aerial system. We have matured this
capability and we're eager to support our warfighters in theater with
the resupply of small-unit logistics that is so vitally needed."
For the AEWE mission, Fire Scout had two ruggedized containers
attached to external pylons. Fire Scout flew autonomously from take-off
to the cargo drop to landing. The VUAS also used its
electro-optical/infrared optical payload during the mission to practice
reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition (RSTA) techniques.
The ability to conduct simultaneous RSTA and logistics missions is
another unique Fire Scout capability.
Fire Scout is equipped with a payload interface unit, which
allows it to release the cargo pod without the presence of a soldier.
Fire Scout observed the landing area to confirm the area was free of
obstacles and personnel prior to landing. Upon landing, Fire Scout's
skid sensors detected contact with the ground. Upon touchdown, the
autonomous mission was preplanned for release of the cargo pod and
seconds later the aircraft took off again to continue its RSTA mission.
"Fire Scout's ability to operate at low ground speeds and
operate in remote, unprepared landing zones allows it to move with
warfighters in the field and easily acquire and track targets in
complex and urban terrain," said Nikolaus. "It's fully autonomous, and
swiftly performs the dull, dirty and dangerous missions without putting
soldiers in harm's way."
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security
company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products,
and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems,
shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial
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