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Watch live: Northrop Grumman to launch NASA's ICON satellite

Watch live: Northrop Grumman to launch NASA's ICON satellite

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Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman will launch NASA's Ionospheric Connection Explorer satellite just after 3:00 a.m. EST on Wednesday aboard it's air-launched Pegasus XL rocket. Pegasus will be carried by and launch from Northrop Grumman's Stargazer L-1011 airplane from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The launch, which will be streamed live on NASA TV, carries the ICON satellite -- the 44th launch for Pegasus. NASA announced Tuesday that the weather forecast carries a 90 percent chance for favorable launch conditions. ICON will study the dynamic zone high in Earth's atmosphere where terrestrial weather meets space phenomena. The satellite will monitor the physics of near-Earth space and provide data for stopping its negative effects on technology and communications systems. ICON is based ...
Northrop Grumman to upgrade IBNS systems for Burke-class vessels

Northrop Grumman to upgrade IBNS systems for Burke-class vessels

Business
Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman has received a contract to provide common integrated bridge and navigation systems, or IBNS, for the U.S. Navy's New Construction Ship Program and Midlife Modernization Program. The $ 18 million firm-fixed-price contract, announced Wednesday by the Department of Defense, calls on Northrop to produce base hardware for IBNS systems for both new DDG-51 vessels and upgrades to others. The IBNS contributes to a comprehensive plan to modernize the DDG-51 class ships -- also known as the Arleigh Burke-class -- by delivering hull, mechanical and electrical upgrades. The goal of the program is to "ensure the ships remain combat relevant and affordable throughout their life." In addition to previous Burke-class vessels, several Flight IIA and Flight III generation ...
Northrop Grumman producing RF threat detection system

Northrop Grumman producing RF threat detection system

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Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman reports it is to produce its digital radar warning system and electronic warfare management system for U.S. Air Force and Navy aircrews.Production of the AN/APR-39D(V)2 comes under a $ 124.7 million award following a period of development and testing. Northrop, however, did not specify the contract's issuing authority."With the AN/APR-39D(V)2, we are bringing mature, fifth-generation digital technology to the rotary fleet," Robert Fleming, vice president for the land & avionics C4ISR division of Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, said in a press release. "With its growth path to additional capabilities, including radio frequency counter-measures and advanced self-protection, the AN/APR-39D(V)2 will help warfighters stay ahead of emerging threats."The AN...
U.S. Navy awards Northrop Grumman contract for counter-IED tool

U.S. Navy awards Northrop Grumman contract for counter-IED tool

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Sept. 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy awarded Northrop Grumman a contract for the full-rate production of software-programmable jammers for protection from improvised explosive devices, known as JCREW.The contract carries a value of $ 57.7 million and if all contract options are exercised, the value of the award would rise to $ 505 million, Northrop Grumman said in a news release Tuesday."JCREW is a crucial capability that's urgently needed in the field to protect our warfighters," Jeannie Hilger, vice president for communications business at Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, said in a statement. "The system developed by Northrop Grumman is exceedingly effective at defeating the innumerable immediate IED threats and designed for rapid updating to defeat new threats."The open architecture design ...