Capabilities in Europe
More than any aircraft that has gone before, the game-changing F-35 Lightning II is designed to be a node in the combat environment. The halo of connectivity that it provides ensures its ISTAR collector, strike, and ground support capabilities are second to none. As a principal partner for the F-35 not only do we provide much of the aircraft’s situational awareness, but also through our provision of the aircraft’s communications and battlespace networks capability, no-one is better placed to integrate F-35 into the battlespace.
Unmanned capabilities have been transformational in the past ten years. For nations in a more contingent posture, it is going to be more critical than ever to be ‘eyes-on’ while maintaining the potential to be ‘hands-on’. We have stepped up our capability to meet these challenges. Not only can Northrop Grumman offer the ultimate ‘eyes-on’ capability with the combat-proven Global Hawk high altitude long endurance unmanned surveillance platform, but we also provide medium altitude solutions such as the operationally deployed rotary wing Fire Scout system. Global Hawk has also been adapted to respond to the U.S. Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) requirement and Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy are well into the initial flight test programme for the Triton UAS. In addition to humanitarian assistance and supporting disaster relief efforts, Global Hawk has logged more than 100,000 flight hours, 75% of which have been on active deployment over battlefields in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. And beyond ‘eyes-on’, our ground breaking X-47B UCAV development project is regarded as leading the way in future ‘hands-on’ unmanned systems technology.
Defence and security now form a continuum, with cyber and civil security requiring the integrated capabilities of military, civil authorities, and intelligence agencies to combat highly dynamic and complex threats. Northrop Grumman works seamlessly across this spectrum, leveraging our technology across domains. Whether in identity management and access, surveillance and intelligence gathering, continuous monitoring, insider threat detection, network defence, management and exploitation of massive datasets, command and control systems, or network architectures, we are breaking down the intellectual challenges posed by ephemeral cyber and digital threats and establishing robust infrastructures and intelligence services to counter them.
Our innovative logistics solutions enable effectiveness and global mission readiness – while remaining cost-effective and affordable. From modernisation and sustainment such as the F-16 SABR radar upgrade, supply chain management, training and simulation to special fit ISR and automated test equipment, we offer a full-spectrum of support to meet any mission requirement. Behind every product and service you’ll find a team of experts with front-line experience, prepared to provide support wherever the mission goes.
Fully integrated battlespace networks have been a vision for many years but progress in realising this vision has been slow. In the aftermath of recent conflicts the challenge is to bring the lessons learned back into core defence programmes so that future operations are served by networks already configured to support high tempo, dynamic, complex operational scenarios in remote environments. Harmonised systems and architectures, standardisation and ubiquitous communications are all fundamental to delivering effect in future conflicts, especially where nations are operating in concert. Northrop Grumman’s core skills in information systems, communications networks and truly open system architectures which are sensor, effector, and system agnostic are without parallel. Our proven and fielded information systems and integrated communications networks demonstrate how we are leading the market.
Today, operations in the land environment are dominated by the need for pervasive communications and the ability to move large amounts of data and information at high speed to a huge diversity of users. Northrop Grumman’s core capabilities and experience in data management, open-system networks, tactical communications and joint environments unsurprisingly position us as a leader in land C4ISR
Northrop Grumman has a long history in supplying advanced maritime C4ISR systems. We are leaders in marine navigation systems, integrated platform management systems and integrated bridge systems, maritime command and control applications, underwater systems including wet-end sensors and signal processing for submarines and mine countermeasures.
Northrop Grumman’s air C4ISR capabilities range from the most advanced EO/IR and radar sensors, and highly innovative airborne communications technologies, through to integrated systems such as the Litening targeting pod and F-35’s mission systems. Our C4ISR systems are installed and deployed on numerous mission-critical air platforms around the world.
Our C4ISR systems extend into space; from secure military SatCom payloads, operational planning systems, systems engineering, spacecraft manufacturing, precision sensors, space instrument design to ground stations development and orbiting space platforms, Northrop Grumman’s space capabilities cover a galaxy of mission types.