Capabilities in the Middle East

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, C4ISR, defense, space, and logistics and modernization.


Key Programs

AN/AAQ-24(V) DIRCM (Directional Infrared Countermeasure)

Northrop Grumman is proud to have been at the forefront of warfighter protection since 1961. That's when our engineers developed the first active onboard IRCM system capable of defeating an air-to-air, heat-seeking missile. Today, our DIRCM laser-based systems protect more than 80 aircraft types, including large and small fixed-wing, rotary-wing, and tilt-wing platforms.


AH-1F/S Cobra Upgrade

Northrop Grumman upgraded AH-1F/S Cobra attack helicopters, used by the Royal Jordanian Air Force, with the capabilities of modern-day attack helicopters by providing a highly adaptable, open architecture-based mission equipment package and critical integration support.

Northrop Grumman and Science and Engineering Services (SES) LLC significantly modified the helicopter to extend its life by at least 20 years. The aircraft was rewired and reconditioned by SES to ensure its quality and integrity. Meanwhile, Northrop Grumman oversaw the design and incorporation of the avionics solution.


Integrated Mission Equipment Package

The aircraft avionics received a digital conversion via Northrop Grumman's Integrated Mission Equipment package (iMEP). Scalable and fully integrated, the iMEP is based upon a modular, open architecture that supports rapid integration of third-party hardware and software. This flexible approach counters obsolescence and simplifies mission growth now and far into the future. The iMEP is also adding new and improved weapons capabilities to the helicopter, including advanced missiles, rockets and a rotary cannon.


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.


Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC)

Northrop Grumman is a proven leader in Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) training solutions. Since 1999, Northrop Grumman has been providing worldwide LVC training for the U.S. Air Force (USAF). Affordable, resilient, and secure, our systems use open architecture and modular scenarios to adapt to any challenge the future may hold.

Whereas other companies claim LVC capability, Northrop Grumman is the only one with demonstrated successes in connecting the live environment to actual warfighter simulators. Also, as more and more countries add various aircraft to their fleets, they will need the interoperable, on-demand, global LVC training solution offered by Northrop Grumman.


Distributed Mission Operations Network (DMON)

Northrop Grumman's Distributed Mission Operations Network (DMON) has been supporting training operations and integration since its launch in 1999. With 300+ simulator integrations in 85 sites around the world, Northrop Grumman delivers a fully functioning, collective training solution that is scalable, assured by the USAF, and cyber secure. DMON allows different aircraft simulator platforms located across the globe to seamlessly interoperate and train together in a realistic virtual environment via a secure network.


LVC Experimentation, Integration and Operations Suite (LEXIOS)

Northrop Grumman is able to provide the decisive advantage to LVC training by integrating the live environment with the synthetic (VC) via the LEXIOS system. A full-LVC spectrum suite of services, hardware and software that links live and virtual participants, LEXIOS enables robust real-world training in advanced training exercises.


APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) AESA for the F-16

5th Generation Fighter Radar Capability for 4th Generation Aircraft

The APG-83 is an active electronically scanned array (AESA) fire control radar. Building on Northrop Grumman's 40-year legacy producing radars for the F-16, it integrates within the F-16's current structural, power and cooling constraints without Group A aircraft modification. The capabilities of this advanced AESA are derived from the company's family of highly successful 5th generation fighter AESA radars, the F-22's APG-77 and F-35's APG-81.

To counter more sophisticated threats, the world's newest fighter aircraft and legacy fleets are being equipped with AESA radars. The greater bandwidth, speed, and agility of AESA radars enable fighter and legacy aircraft to detect, track, and identify a greater numbers of targets, faster and at longer ranges in hostile electronic environments. The APG-83 AESA provides capability enhancements over legacy mechanically scanned APG-66 and APG-68 radars to ensure F-16s, F-18s and other 4th generation aircraft remain operationally viable and sustainable for decades to come. Production is underway for global F-16 upgrade and new aircraft production programs.


F-35 Lightning II

The F-35 Lightning II is a stealthy, supersonic, multirole fighter designed to meet the requirements of the United States and allied defense forces worldwide for an affordable next generation fighter. It will replace a wide range of aging fighter and strike aircraft currently in the inventories of the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and allied defense forces.

Northrop Grumman is a principal member of the Lockheed Martin-led industry team, which is developing and producing three variants. The F-35A is the conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant, the F-35B is the short takeoff-vertical landing (STOVL) variant, and the F-35C is the carrier variant (CV).

The program's hallmarks - affordability, survivability, sustainability and lethality - are achieved through the use of the most modern military aircraft technologies, state-of-the-art production facilities, and a high degree of commonality among the three variants.

Northrop Grumman plays a critical role in the development, demonstration and production of this multirole fighter, including:

  • The production of the center fuselage, which forms a significant portion of the aircraft's internal weapons bay and internal fuel capacity
  • The design and production of the AN/APG-81 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) fire control radar, which brings unmatched capability to air-to-air and air-to-surface missions, complemented by significant electronic warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance functions

AESA

  • The design and production of the AN/AAQ-37 Distributed Aperture System (DAS), which provides simultaneous modes of situational awareness, infrared search and track, missile warning and navigation not available on any other aircraft

AN/AAQ-37 Distributed Aperture System (DAS)

AN/ASQ-242 Communications, Navigation and Identification (CNI) avionics suite

  • The development of mission systems and mission-planning software
  • The development of pilot and maintenance training system courseware
  • The management of the team's use, support and maintenance of low-observable technologies

MQ-8C Fire Scout

Fire Scout is a combat proven, autonomous helicopter system that provides real-time Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Target-acquisition (ISR&T), laser designation, and battle management to tactical users without relying on manned aircraft or space-based assets. Fire Scout has the ability operate from any air-capable ship or land base in support persistent ISR&T requirements.

The MQ-8C Fire Scout is the Navy's next generation autonomous helicopter. The MQ-8C Fire Scout's airframe is based on the commercial Bell 407, a mature helicopter with more than 1,600 airframes produced and over 4.4 million flight hours. Combined with the maturity of Northrop Grumman's autonomous systems architecture, Fire Scout meets customer requirements for a ship-based and land-based autonomous systems. It also has the ability to autonomously take-off and land on any aviation-capable ship and from prepared and unprepared landing zones. This enhancement significantly increases range and endurance (more than double) and payload capacity (more than triple). The MQ-8C has completed developmental testing and is ready to deploy.