Monday, January 25, 2010

Northrop Grumman Highlights Maritime Security Capabilities at Pacific 2010, Sydney

Northrop Grumman Highlights Maritime Security Capabilities at Pacific 2010, Sydney
January 25, 2010

LONDON, -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) is participating in the Pacific 2010 show where it will highlight its maritime security capabilities and programmes, including marine navigation and ship control technology, unmanned aircraft systems for maritime surveillance, and coastal surveillance.

Pacific 2010 International Maritime Exposition, the commercial maritime and naval defence showcase for the Asia Pacific region, will take place at the Sydney Exhibition and Convention Centre from 27-29 January 2010.

"We have strong, well-established business relationships in Australia and across the Asia Pacific region, and we have considerable capabilities to offer," said J. Nolasco DaCunha, vice president of Naval Systems International at Northrop Grumman's Naval and Marine Systems Division. "We are committed to working closely with our customers to provide long-term solutions and help enhance defence and maritime security across the region."

Among the capabilities featured on the Northrop Grumman exhibit stand will be the company's multi-role electronically scanned array (MESA) radar which is currently being integrated into Australia's Wedgetail airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft. Northrop Grumman's airborne surveillance capability will also be highlighted with models of the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System (BAMS UAS) based on a maritime derivative of the combat-proven RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft with sensors, and Fire Scout, the Vertical Unmanned Aircraft System (VUAS) multi-role UAV on display.

"Our core competencies are strongly aligned with the current and evolving global security priorities of our customers, including 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 Inc. "Northrop Grumman provides unmatched surveillance capabilities, with clear strengths in unmanned and airborne early warning technologies. Our customers in the Pacific Rim demand the best, and it's our challenge to continue to meet and exceed their expectations."

On display also will be the company's latest generation of navigation and ship control technology from its Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine business unit.

The VisionMaster FT provides a highly integrated, fully networked suite of marine radar and electronic charting systems designed to form the backbone of the modern ship's integrated bridge. In addition to the standard suite, Northrop Grumman will feature its integrated platform management solution as part of the VisionMaster FT defence offering. The solution is similar to the system that is currently being installed on the UK Royal Navy's new Type 45 destroyers.

Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine's MK39 MOD 3A ring laser gyro inertial navigation system which provides high accuracy geographic position information and precise attitude heading data will be available for viewing. This system forms part of the suite of navigation systems and sensors being supplied currently by Northrop Grumman for the Royal Australia Navy's new Canberra-class landing helicopter dock (LHD).

Other systems that will be showcased are: the AN/SPQ-9B Surface Surveillance and Tracking Radar for the detection and tracking of very low altitude, small radar cross section, high-speed targets, the mine warfare mission system Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS), the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mission Package Integrator (MPI) programme and network-centric warfare C4I systems for the Joint Multi-mission Expeditionary Craft (JMEC), the riverine boat used for homeland security.

Northrop Grumman's capabilities in critical infrastructure, force protection and security, as well as in maritime security for military and civil applications will also be featured. Systems highlighted will be Advanced Security and Integrated Systems Technology (ASIST) and the Harbour and Coastal Security (HCS) system.

ASIST, deployed at more than 100-sites worldwide, provides enhanced security situational awareness through the correlation of multiple off-the-shelf sensors and cameras. It extends detection well beyond the perimeter and can be integrated with existing systems to create a layered approach to security. HCS, which forms the basis of the Australian Border Protection Command's Australian Maritime Identification System (AMIS) integrates off-the-shelf computers, communications, and sensors with sensor processing and MDA databases to provide a flexible, standards based command and control system.

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