Military Aviation Systems

Providing technological leadership in all aspects of military aviation.

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Northrop Grumman has a proud tradition of providing technological leadership in all aspects of military aviation and aircrafts, such as manned, unmanned, targeting, surveillance, and aircraft self-protection systems that enable warfighters to accomplish missions anytime, anywhere and under any conditions.

Manned and Unmanned Aircraft

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Advanced Composite Structures

Northrop Grumman's industry leadership in advanced composite structures makes us the partner of choice to design, develop and fabricate technically complex composite structures and components for commercial and military aircraft, rockets and naval applications.

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B-2 Stealth Bomber

Built by Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Air Force's B-2 stealth bomber is a key component of the nation's long-range strike arsenal, and one of the most survivable aircraft in the world.

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B-21 Raider

When it comes to delivering America’s resolve, the B-21 Raider - the future of long-range strike - will be standing by, silent and ready, capable of penetrating the toughest defenses to deliver precision strikes anywhere in the world.

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Bat Unmanned Aircraft System

Bat is Northrop Grumman's family of affordable, medium altitude, multi-mission unmanned aircraft systems, configurable with differently-sized fuel tanks and different sensor payloads to meet ever-changing tactical missions.

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E-2C Hawkeye 2000

The all-weather E-2 Hawkeye airborne early warning and battle management aircraft has served as the "eyes" of the U.S. Navy fleet for than 30 years.

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E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is a game changer in how the Navy will conduct battle management command and control

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E-8C Joint STARS

E-8C Joint STARS The Northrop Grumman E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System – known as Joint STARS – is the U.S. Air Force's premier airborne C2ISR platform.

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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.

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F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet

F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet - the U.S. Navy's most advanced frontline carrier-based, multi-role strike fighter available today.

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Fire Scout

Fire Scout is a combat-proven, autonomous helicopter system providing 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.



The Fire-X expanded capability, medium-range vertical unmanned aircraft system combines the best of two proven air systems in a low cost, fast-fielding package.

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Global Hawk

The RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) is the premier provider of persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information.

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MQ-4C Triton

Based-on the proven Global Hawk UAS, the MQ-4C Triton's autonomous operations are supported by land-based command and control mission planners and sensor operators.

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Special Mission Aircraft

Northrop Grumman's Special Mission Aircraft product portfolio provides affordable, responsive and advanced capabilities to customer-preferred platforms.

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The X-47B is a tailless, strike fighter-sized unmanned aircraft developed by Northrop Grumman as part of the U.S. Navy's Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) Carrier Demonstration program.

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Northrop Grumman Announces Industry Team to Compete for US Navy’s E-XX TACAMO Weapon System


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Advanced Weapons

Northrop Grumman's Advanced Weapons designs and produces advanced high speed strike missiles and aircraft warfare systems.

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Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS)

Northrop Grumman's Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS) detects, classifies and localized floating and near-surface moored mines.

AN/ZPY-1 STARLite Small Tactical Radar - Lightweight (AESA)

AN/ZPY-1 STARLite Small Tactical Radar – Lightweight

AN/ZPY-1 STARLite is a small, lightweight SAR/GMTI/DMTI radar used for supporting tactical operations. STARLite offers superior performance at low cost.

BQM-34 Firebee

BQM-34 Firebee High Performance Aerial Target System

The Most Capable and Reliable High Performance Aerial Target System


BQM-74F Aerial Target

The BQM-74F is being developed by Northrop Grumman under a U.S. Navy System Development and Demonstration (SDD) contract.

LITENING Advanced Targeting Pod - Turning imaging into intelligence

LITENING Advanced Targeting Pod

Northrop Grumman’s LITENING is a podded, multi-sensor targeting and surveillance system that enables aircrews to detect, acquire, auto-track and identify targets at long ranges.


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AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR)

The Northrop Grumman AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) multi-mission air surveillance system can detect, identify and track airborne threats common to combat environments, such as cruise missiles, aircraft and remotely piloted vehicles, as well as rocket, artillery and mortar fire.

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Global Hawk Enterprise

The Global Hawk Enterprise is a family of high-flying HALE Unmanned Systems, including NATO AGS and Triton.

NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS)

NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS)

The NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance system will expand NATO's joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability.

AN/ZPY-5 VADER (Vehicle And Dismount Exploitation Radar)

Vehicle and Dismount Exploitation Radar – AN/ZPY-5 VADER

When deployed, the Vehicle and Dismount Exploitation Radar (VADER) will allow accurate Ground Moving Target Indicator (GMTI) data and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery to be readily available to ground commanders in real time.

Aircraft Self-Protection Systems

AN/AAQ-37 Distributed Aperture System (DAS) for the F-35

AN/AAQ-37 Distributed Aperture System (DAS) for the F-35

Northrop Grumman's AN/AAQ-37 Distributed Aperture System (DAS) for the F-35 is the only 360 degree, spherical situational awareness system in the electro-optical distributed aperture system (DAS).

AN/ALQ-131(V) Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) Pod

AN/ALQ-131(V) Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) Pod

The Northrop Grumman AN/ALQ-131 Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) pod is the most successful ECM system ever built, using state-of-the-art technology to successfully protect aircrews and aircraft in every conflict since becoming operational.

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CIRCM – Common Infrared Countermeasures

Northrop Grumman's CIRCM solution defends against emerging missile threats of today and tomorrow.

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Electronic Warfare

The military uses the electromagnetic spectrum — essential, yet invisible — to detect, deceive and disrupt the enemy while protecting friendly forces. As enemies become capable and threats complex, controlling the spectrum is increasingly critical.

AESA - Highly Adaptable Multi Mission Radar (HAMMR)

HAMMR – Highly Adaptable Multi-Mission Radar

HAMMR features a compact, lightweight ground configuration that employs an active electronically scanned array (AESA) antenna technology from airborne fighter aircraft.

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

The SABR 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.

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The AN/APR-39 Digital Radar Warning Receiver Family

The Northrop Grumman APR-39D(V)2 Radar Warning Receiver (RWR)/Electronic Warfare Management System maximizes survivability by improving aircrew situational awareness via interactive management of all onboard sensors and countermeasures.

Modernization Support Services and Integrated Avionics

LITENING advanced targeting pod on A-10

A-10 Thunderbolt II

The A-10 Thunderbolt II, affectionately nicknamed "The Warthog," was developed for the United States Air Force.

Metrology Services

Aerospace Services

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Services offers comprehensive engineering, testing and analysis services.

C-2A Greyhound

C-2A Greyhound

The C-2A Greyhound is the U.S. Navy's carrier-onboard-delivery (COD) aircraft, providing critical logistics support.

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F-5 Tiger Fighter Jet

The F-5 is an agile, highly maneuverable, reliable supersonic fighter, combining advanced aerodynamic design, engine performance and low operating costs.

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T-38 Talon

More than 72,000 U. S. Air Force pilots have trained in Northrop Grumman Corporation's T-38 Talon, the world's first supersonic trainer when it entered service.

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UH-60V Black Hawk Integrated Mission Equipment Package

Northrop Grumman's Integrated Avionics Suite for the UH-60V modernizes the U.S. Army's UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters.