Defining Possible at Sea
Northrop Grumman is a leader in the design, development and production of advanced naval systems.
Electronic and Information Warfare
Northrop Grumman is helping to write an exciting new chapter in maritime Electronic warfare (EW). Drawing on a rich heritage in the design and development of EW systems and solutions stretching back 60 years, the company is pushing the technological boundaries to bring a new set of advanced capabilities to the warfighter.
Integrated Bridge and Navigation Systems
Northrop Grumman navigation technology provides optimum situational awareness for the ships’ watch officers in carrying out their missions. Multifunctional Workstations are available to combine all nautical functions with a further option for integrating specific military applications and other ship system operations. Having all data processed simultaneously at all workstations not only simplifies works, it also increases level of safety and enables full flexibility for data access from any place on the bridge. The multi-function workstations provide high scalability for individual configurations, ranging from stand-alone radars to full integrated workplaces and future system extensions.
Working in close coordination with leading shipbuilders, Northrop Grumman ensures that the ship’s technical infrastructure is aligned with the mission and structural vision for the ship, including design specs and technical requirements. The Integrated Bridge System, an integrated set of technologies connecting the helm and control centers to the ship’s propulsion, steering and navigation, is central to the design. As part of its contribution, Northrop Grumman also provides the ship’s Computing Network System, Machinery Control System and Propulsion Control System along with the monitors and controls for the ship’s propulsion power plant. Northrop Grumman leverages commonality with proven and affordable cutting edge technology it has built into other Navy and Coast Guard ships to optimize technical performance and ensure sustained upgradeability.
Northrop Grumman was the first to field electro-optic mine identification and developed the first long-range synthetic aperture sonar for mine warfare, the first mine warfare unmanned surface vessel (jointly with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center) and mine warfare unmanned underwater vehicles.
Very Lightweight Torpedo
Torpedoes are a lifeblood of attacking submarines, as well as for submarines to deploy when engaging with surface ships. Submarines usually fire large, heavy weight torpedoes, which are long range, high power and very stealthy as they travel. Northrop Grumman has successfully manufactured and tested the first industry-built Very Lightweight Torpedo (VLWT) for the U.S. Navy.