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Northrop Grumman to showcase advanced defence potential


The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye recently completed Operational Assessment. Photo courtesy: US Navy

LONDON (BNS): Northrop Grumman Corporation will exhibit its range of key capabilities including airborne early warning and control systems for maritime reconnaissance, fire control radars and unmanned aerial vehicles at the Aero India 2009 that gets underway in Bangalore from February 11.

John Brooks, president Northrop Grumman International Inc. and vice-president business development for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems sector, said that India represents an important market in Asia. “We are aware of India's changing needs particularly in homeland defence. Our capabilities across the company are well matched to meeting India's growing aerospace, defence and national security requirements,” Brooks said.
Northrop Grumman will be featuring the E-2 Hawkeye and 737 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C), multi-role electronically scanned array (MESA) radar at the air show.

An E-2 Hawkeye airborne early warning and battle management system crew workstation and flyable cockpit simulator aimed at demonstrating maritime reconnaissance will be on display.

Also on display will be a model of Northrop Grumman's AN/APG-80 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar for the F-16IN Super Viper multi-role fighter aircraft. The Fire Scout vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicle will also be featured.

Other programmes available for viewing will be models of directional infrared countermeasures (DIRCM); the LITENING advanced airborne targeting and navigation pod; and the Longbow Apache radar and Longbow Hellfire missile system.

The company will also be promoting its LPD San Antonio-class Amphibious Warfare and Transport ship and the International Patrol Frigate, a versatile warship based on the multi-mission National Security Cutter currently operated by the US Coast Guard.
Northrop Grumman's German subsidiary, Northrop Grumman LITEF, will also be exhibiting at Aero India and will be displaying its navigation systems for land vehicles, sensors for weapon stabilisation, inertial guidance systems for missiles and AHRS / navigation systems for fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft.

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