Our C4ISR Heritage

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The Grumman SF-1 scout aircraft makes it first flight.

1932 Grumman SF-1
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SCR-270 Radar

An SCR-270 radar detects the December 7 attack on Pearl Harbor; its warnings go unheeded because of high-level uncertainty about the new technology's reliability.

1941
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The company patents the key technologies for pulse doppler radar, the basis for all airborne radars in use today.

Learn More >> 1953
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Lightweight inertial navigation system for aircraft becomes operational.

Learn More >> 1958
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Explorer VI, the first satellite to capture images of the earth, is launched.

Learn More >> 1959 Explorer VI
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First flight of the E-2 Hawkeye carrier-borne advanced early warning aircraft. The current generation is designated E-2D.

Learn More >> 1960 E-2 Hawkeye
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First prime contract win to directly support the Tactical Data System.

Learn More >> 1962
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The first Defense Support Program missile warning satellite is launched into orbit.

Learn More >> 1970 Defense Support Program
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TRW designs DSCS II, a global military communications network.

1971 DSCS II
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The Guardrail signals intelligence (SIGINT) aircraft enters service.

Learn More >> 1971 Guardrail
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E-3 AWACS Radar

Westinghouse delivers the first E-3 AWACS long-range surveillance radar.

Learn More >> 1976
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The company creates the first laser radar used in space as part of the U.S. Department of Defense's Strategic Defense Initiative.

Learn More >> 1983
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The E-8C Joint STARS (Surveillance, Target and Attack Radar System) makes its first flight.

Learn More >> 1988 E-8C Joint STARS
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First flight of the B-2 stealth bomber, a descendent of Jack Northrop's flying wing design.

Learn More >> 1989 B-2 Stealth Bomber
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Milstar, the next generation of military communications satellites, is launched.

Learn More >> 1994 Milstar
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Northrop Grumman fields first version of the Air and Missile Defense Workstation (AMDWS), which provides a composite air defense picture to warfighters.

Learn More >> 1996 AMDWS
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First flight of the RQ-4A Global Hawk. The MP-RTIP (Multi-Platform Radar Improvement Program) sensor will fly on the Block 40 version of the aircraft.

Learn More >> 1998 Global Hawk
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MESA Antenna for Wedgetail AEW&C

Northrop Grumman rolls out the Multi-role Electronically Scanned Array (MESA) antenna for the Wedgetail AEW&C aircraft.

Learn More >> 2002
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The Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS) enters service with the Air Force; it automates mission planning through the development of common components and software that can be shared across all platforms.

2002
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Light Weight Wide Aperture Array (LWWAA), a fiber optic acoustic sensor, is integrated on Virginia Class submarines.

Learn More >> 2004
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SBIRS

The first Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) satellite achieves orbit with Northrop Grumman sensor payloads on board.

Learn More >> 2006
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FBCB2

Force XXI Battle Command, Brigade and Below (FBCB2) Blue Force Tracking capability integrated on the Joint STARS aircraft.

Learn More >> 2006
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Guardian

Guardian™ anti-missile system reaches 100,000 hour milestone.

Learn More >> 2007
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AEHF

Northrop Grumman's communications payload launches aboard the AEHF-1 (Advanced Extreme High Frequency) satellite, which provides joint, interoperable, assured connetivity for warfighters.

Learn More >> 2010
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CANES

Northrop Grumman fields the first CANES modular, open systems architecture C4I system with the Navy.

Learn More >> 2012
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X-47B UCAS

The X-47B becomes the first unmanned aircraft to catapult from and land on an aircraft carrier, pointing the way for future autonomous strike and C4ISR capabilities.

Learn More >> 2013
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The company is selected to upgrade C4I systems across the Navy fleet

The company is selected to upgrade cybersecurity, command and control, communications and intelligence (C4I) systems across the Navy fleet.

Learn More >> 2014
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G/ATOR, the DoD's first multi-mission ground radar, enters low-rate initial production.

Learn More >> 2014 G/ATOR
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NATO AGS

NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft unveiled.

Learn More >> 2015