Northrop Grumman Navigation System Integral to First Flight of nEUROn Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle Demonstrator

Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:00am EST

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FREIBURG,  Germany,  Feb. 19, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Northrop Grumman Corporation
(NYSE: NOC), in cooperation with Saab Aerosystems, has provided the attitude and
heading reference system (AHRS) for the nEUROn Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle
(UCAV) demonstrator, which recently completed a successful first flight.  


Northrop Grumman's German navigation systems subsidiary, Northrop Grumman LITEF,
supplied the fibre-optic, gyrocompassing LCR-100 AHRS for the European UCAV

The LCR-100 AHRS provides navigation information relating to the aircraft's
position, heading and attitude. The north-finding gyrocompass feature eliminates
the need for a magnetic sensing unit, similar to an inertial reference system.
Additionally, the system's precise inertial measurement unit enables extended
coasting performance for the aircraft to continue providing accurate navigation
information in the event of GPS signal loss. The LCR-100 is certified to civil
standards for commercial off-the-shelf equipment in military platforms.

"The LCR-100 has proven that it is an efficient, cost-effective solution for
unmanned aerial vehicles, particularly because of its small size and light
weight," said Eckehardt Keip, managing director for Northrop Grumman LITEF. "The
system performed to our high standards and played a critical role in the
nEUROn's major milestone achievement."

The nEUROn is an experimental UCAV being developed with international
cooperation, led by  France, and includes government and industry partners from 
Greece,  Italy,  Spain,  Sweden  and  Switzerland. It is the first large stealth
platform to be designed in  Europe. The programme aims to develop, test and
sustain key technologies for use by European manufacturers in the next
generation of unmanned aerial vehicles and combat aircraft. The demonstrator
will not enter serial production. However, additional flight testing, including
a flight in  Sweden  during 2014, is expected.

Northrop Grumman LITEF is a leading supplier of inertial sensors, inertial
reference and inertial navigation systems and computers with products deployed
in more than 30 countries in aircraft, marine vessels and ground mobile
applications. The company has more than 15,000 fibre-optic gyro systems serving
in aircraft worldwide.  

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.
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