Capabilities in Australia


Northrop Grumman supports the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Army and the Royal Australian Air Force in a variety of programmes.

Our Counter Rocket Artillery and Mortar Command and Control System has contributed significantly to force protection capabilities of the Australian Defence Force.

Northrop Grumman has provided Large Aircraft Infra-Red Counter Measures infra-red countermeasures systems on RAAF aircraft. The company is also a Platform Steward for a range of RAAF capabilities including the KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) and Special Purpose Aircraft fleet.

Northrop Grumman has provided the SPQ-98B surface surveillance and tracking radar for Air Warfare Destroyers.

Our Expeditionary Tactical Automated Security System (ExTASS) is an integrated airfield and asset protection solution for force protection missions.

Northrop Grumman has provided a comprehensive range of Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems to the Australian Defence Force.

Northrop Grumman developed and built a cyber-test range for the University of New South Wales and Canberra campus at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

In March 2016, Northrop Grumman M5 Network Security (now Australian Intelligence & Cyber Solutions) announced an agreement with HTC Corporation to collaborate on the development of next-generation secure communications. Then, in May 2017, Northrop Grumman was awarded a contract for the Australian Wideband Global Satcomm (WGS) Network Management Systems. As part of the program, Northrop Grumman will also build the WGS Ground Station (East).

Key Programs

MQ-4C Triton
Unmanned Aircraft System

Northrop Grumman's MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) provides real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) over vast ocean and coastal regions. The aircraft can fly for more than 24 hours at a time, at a max altitude just above 55,000 feet and an operational range of 8,200 nautical miles.

Triton will be equipped with a unique and robust mission sensor suite that provides 360-degree coverage on all sensors, providing unprecedented maritime domain awareness, target acquisition, fisheries protection, oil field monitoring and humanitarian relief. Additional features allow the aircraft to descend and ascend through harsh maritime weather environments to gain a closer view of ships and other targets at sea when needed, which will be invaluable in the protection of Australia's territorial waters.

The U.S. Navy's Triton program continues to proceed on schedule, having achieved early operational capability earlier this year. Northrop Grumman delivered the first operational MQ-4C Triton aircraft to the U.S. Navy facility at Point Mugu in November 2017.

Integrated Air and Missile Defence (IAMD) Solution

IAMD is a multilayered missile defence system-of-systems, providing capabilities across air, land, sea and space domains. Northrop Grumman has unmatched expertise in complex air and missile defence systems and is the prime contractor for the U.S. Army’s IAMD programs of record including:

  • Integrated Air and Missile Defence Battle Command System (IBCS)
  • Short-Range Air Defence: Forward Area Air Defence/Counter Rocket, Artillery, Mortar Command and Control (FAAD/C-RAM C2)

Both systems feature mission-critical features, including open, multi-domain, architecture that enables interoperability, integration and affordability. By using these systems, our revolutionary IAMD approach allows for more flexible defence designs and smaller forces to be deployed while increasing protection area.

Integrated Air and Missile Defence (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS)

IBCS is the sole U.S. government-approved solution for interoperable IAMD C2 for allies and coalition forces. The system provides an enhanced common operating picture for air and missile defence warfighters and commanders and delivers "any sensor, best effector" capabilities. IBCS is designed to replace older, outdated C2 systems and infrastructure of heritage programs, and integrate current and future sensors and weapon systems for the most cutting edge IAMD possible.

Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor for this revolutionary IAMD C4I system that allows for more flexible defence designs and smaller forces to be deployed while increasing protection area. IBCS' open system architecture is foundational to enabling joint interoperability, making it a cost-effective solution to defend against an increasingly complex threat.

Short Range Air Defence (SHORAD)

Northrop Grumman’s SHORAD capabilities protect U.S. and allied forces from a wide range of manned and unmanned air and missile threats. Our capabilities use sensors, weapons, and command control to acquire, track, verify, engage and defeat incoming threats, and are built on an open systems architecture that enables integration of a variety of sensors and solutions to defeat current and future threats.

Royal Australian Air Force
(RAAF) C-27J

The C-27J is a critical capability for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and represents the strength of our partnership with the Australian Department of Defence.

The C-27J through life support program represents the strategic foundation upon which we can build sovereign Australian capabilities to sustain and modernize the 5th Generation Air Force of the future. In addition, this program directly supports our goal to develop Australian talent and capabilities in keeping with the Australian Defence Industry initiative.

Northrop Grumman is positioned to bring a whole-of-life sustainment approach to the C-27J, as well as provide a roadmap for future modernization and upgrade solutions using global and U.S. reach-back combined with sovereign capabilities.

Local sustainment solutions will also enable integration and production capabilities benefiting other platforms including the F-35, Wedgetail, Growler, P8 and Triton.

Minehunting System

Northrop Grumman has three decades of in-fleet airborne mine countermeasure experience with 27 systems fielded. The company was the first to field electro-optic mine identification, and developed the first long-range synthetic aperture sonar for mine warfare, the first mine warfare unmanned surface vessel (jointly with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center) and mine warfare unmanned underwater vehicles. The AQS-24B has significantly improved image resolution, as well as the speed of real-time sonar processing.

The AQS-24B Minehunting System is the only deployed and operationally proven, high-speed airborne mine hunting system in the world. It has a high-resolution, side scan sonar for real time detection, localization and classification of bottom and moored mines at high area coverage rates. The laser line scanner provides precision optical identification of underwater mines and other objects of interest.

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