Our C4ISR Heritage

Northrop Grumman's C4ISR leadership builds on a rich history of innovation and success. Explore pivotal moments in the development of C4ISR technologies over the past century.

Timeline

1932

Grumman SF-1

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

1941

December 7 Attack on Pearl Harbor

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.

1953

Pulse Doppler Radar

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

1958

Lightweight Inertial Navigation System

Lightweight inertial navigation system for aircraft becomes operational.

1959

Explorer VI

Explorer VI, the first satellite to capture images of the earth, is launched.

1960

E-2 Hawkeye

First flight of the E-2 Hawkeye carrier-borne advanced early-warning aircraft. The current generation is designated E-2D.

1962

Tactical Data System

First prime contract win to directly support the Tactical Data System.

1970

Defense Support Program

The first Defense Support Program missile warning satellite is launched into orbit.

1971

DSCS II

TRW designs DSCS II, a global military communications network.

1971

Guardrail Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Aircraft

The Guardrail signals intelligence (SIGINT) aircraft enters service.

1976

E-3 AWACS

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

1983

U.S. Department of Defense's Strategic Defense Initiative

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

1988

E-8C Joint STARS (Surveillance, Target and Attack Radar System)

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

1989

B-2 Stealth Bomber

First flight of the B-2 stealth bomber, a descendant of Jack Northrop's flying wing design.

1994

Milstar

Milstar, the next generation of military communications satellites, is launched.

1996

Air and Missile Defense Workstation (AMDWS)

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

1998

RQ-4A Global Hawk

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.

2002

Multi-Role Electronically Scanned Array (MESA) Antenna

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

2002

Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS)

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.

2004

Light Weight Wide Aperture Array (LWWAA)

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

2006

Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS)

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

2006

Force XXI Battle Command, Brigade and Below Blue Force Tracking

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

2007

Guardian™

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

2010

AEHF-1 (Advanced Extreme High Frequency) Satellite

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

2012

CANES Modular C4I System

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

2013

X-47B Unmanned Aircraft

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.

2014

Upgrading the Navy's C4I Systems

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

2014

G/ATOR

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

2015

NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS)

NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft unveiled.