The Grumman SF-1 scout aircraft makes its first flight.
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.
Pulse Doppler Radar
The company patents the key technologies for pulse doppler radar, the basis for all airborne radars in use today.
Lightweight Inertial Navigation System
Lightweight inertial navigation system for aircraft becomes operational.
Explorer VI, the first satellite to capture images of the earth, is launched.
First flight of the E-2 Hawkeye carrier-borne advanced early-warning aircraft. The current generation is designated E-2D.
Tactical Data System
First prime contract win to directly support the Tactical Data System.
Defense Support Program
The first Defense Support Program missile warning satellite is launched into orbit.
TRW designs DSCS II, a global military communications network.
Guardrail Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Aircraft
The Guardrail signals intelligence (SIGINT) aircraft enters service.
Westinghouse delivers the first E-3 AWACS long-range surveillance radar.
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.
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.
B-2 Stealth Bomber
First flight of the B-2 stealth bomber, a descendant of Jack Northrop's flying wing design.
Milstar, the next generation of military communications satellites, is launched.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Light Weight Wide Aperture Array (LWWAA)
Light Weight Wide Aperture Array (LWWAA), a fiber optic acoustic sensor, is integrated on Virginia Class submarines.
Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS)
The first Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) satellite achieves orbit with Northrop Grumman sensor payloads on board.
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.
Guardian™ anti-missile system reaches 100,000-hour milestone.
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.
CANES Modular C4I System
Northrop Grumman fields the first CANES modular, open systems architecture C4I system with the Navy.
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.
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.
G/ATOR, the DoD's first multi-mission ground radar, enters low-rate initial production.
NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS)
NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft unveiled.