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Northrop Grumman to Supply Navigation System for Super Hornet, Growler Aircraft

Northrop Grumman to Supply Navigation System for Super Hornet, Growler Aircraft - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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The Boeing Co. has selected Northrop Grumman Corp. to develop an embedded global positioning/inertial navigation system for two U.S. Navy aircraft, Northrop announced Thursday.

Northrop said it will manufacture a prototype inertial navigation system built with fiber-optic gyro technology for the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft for the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System.

JPALS is a next-generation aircraft landing system that will replace radar-based systems with global positioning systems.

Northrop's work will focus on integration risk reduction, including meeting specific system requirements and maximizing performance toward a JPALS-compatible navigation subsystem, according to the announcement.

Northrop and another contractor was chosen for this contract and only one of them will move on to the five-year engineering and manufacturing development phase of the program to provide up to 500 EGIs for all Super Hornet and Growler aircraft.

The Super Hornet is the U.S. Navy’s premier fighter plane capable of performing numerous missions, whereas the EA-18G Growler is an F/A-18F derivative equipped with airborne electronic attack avionics.

Northrop provides inertial measurement unit for the shipboard-relative GPS set in the JPALS program designed to provide accurate and reliable landing guidance for fixed and rotary-wing aircraft.

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