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Defining Possible at Sea

Leader in Advanced Naval Systems

Northrop Grumman’s seabed-to-space advanced multi-domain maritime capabilities enable current and future maritime missions. With systems and sensors fielded on VIRGINIA Class submarines, Arleigh Burke Destroyers, E2D Hawkeye, Triton, space-based assets, and connected by cyber secure communications and networks, Northrop Grumman is positioned to fully operationalize the Navy’s PROJECT OVERMATCH objectives.

As a platform, sensors, space, communications and weapons prime, Northrop Grumman understands the facets of the end-to-end kill chain and is able to develop integrated multi-domain maritime kill chains that are survivable, precise and affordable.

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The Connected Multi-Domain Battlespace

Northrop Grumman already leads the way in providing systems that enable command and control across domains. We are bringing our expertise in advanced technology, software, platform integration, advanced sensors, autonomy, manned-unmanned teaming, and advanced networking across all domains to support emerging JADC2 needs across the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and our allies. We’re enabling the DOD to realize the vision of the National Defense Strategy and we’re committed to bringing future global security all-domain systems to reality.

While at the forefront of many of these efforts, we are partnering with the U.S. DOD, allied nations, and leading defense and non-traditional technology companies to develop the agile, technologically-advanced open-architecture systems of the future.

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Electronic Warfare

Northrop Grumman’s cutting-edge, multifunction sensors and electronic warfare capabilities provide warfighters an overwhelming advantage in every domain and push the boundaries of possible across the electromagnetic spectrum.

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The Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 3 is the U.S. Navy’s upgrade to the legacy AN/SLQ-32 system providing game-changing capability for non-kinetic electronic attack options to the U.S. fleet. 

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Directed Energy

Northrop Grumman develops high-energy laser solutions to defend our nation at sea, on land, and in the air.

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Power & Energy

Northrop Grumman is leading the way in producing scalable and flexible power storage, management and conditioning solutions. We are developing affordable yet capable solutions for the platforms of today and the Navy of tomorrow.

DDG(X)

Northrop Grumman is developing sensors and systems that can be integrated seamlessly on next generation platforms like DDG(X).

Power & Energy: Integrated Power Solution (IPS)

IPS is both flexible and adaptable – utilizing modular technologies to enable rapid, affordable upgrades on the DDG(X) platform. Our experience with machinery controls, integrated power systems, energy management, and shipboard electrical systems make Northrop Grumman an ideal partner for the shipyard to help with Electric Plant Control design and support the shipyard’s role as an IPS Integrator.

Full Flexibility: Integrated Bridge and Navigation System (IBNS)

Northrop Grumman’s navigation technology provides optimum situational awareness for the ships’ watch officers in carrying out their missions. Multifunctional Workstations are available to combine all nautical factors with a further option for integrating specific military applications and other ship system operations, thereby increasing the level of safety and enabling full flexibility for data access from any place on the bridge.

Machinery Control & Steering Systems

The Machinery Control System & Steering Systems are sophisticated control system solutions for naval vessels such as surface ships, submarines and, potentially, unmanned vehicles.

These systems control and monitor platform machines, steering and on-board systems, and is comprised of sensors, actuators, remote terminal units and data processing to provide safe, secure, condition-based control, monitoring, steering and diagnostics on the status of a ship and its major systems.

The Integrated Platform Management Systems (IPMS), sometimes referred to as a Machinery Control System, is a sophisticated control system solution for naval vessels such as surface ships, submarines and, potentially, unmanned vehicles.

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C5ISR Prime Systems Integrator

In a newly expanded role as C5ISR systems integrator, Northrop Grumman is responsible for integrating all cyber hardened C5ISR systems, including command and control, communications, navigation and the shipboard computer networking systems.

Powerful Non-Kinetic Defense & Offense

Scalable energy storage and management systems are increasingly important for modern naval warfare. Northrop Grumman’s integrated power and energy systems are ideal for supporting current and emerging systems such as SEWIP Block 3, SPY-6 radar and directed energy weapons.

Advanced Multifunction Sensors: Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 3

Our advanced multifunction sensors, like SEWIP Block 3, are being developed to minimize SWAP and seamlessly integrate core functions like resilient/secure communications, jam resistant radar, electronic attack, and high gain passive sensing necessary for successful operation of future platforms. 

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A Legacy of Integrated Bridge & Navigation Systems

Northrop Grumman’s navigation technology provides optimum situational awareness for the ships’ watch officers in carrying out their missions. Multifunctional Workstations are available to combine all nautical factors with a further option for integration specific military applications and other ship system operations, thereby increasing the level of safety and enabling full flexibility for data access from any place on the bridge.

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Inertial Navigation Systems

Read > Northrop Grumman Delivers 500th AN/WSN-7 Inertial Navigation System to the US Navy Read > Northrop Grumman Successfully Completes Critical Design Review for the US Navy WSN-12 Inertial Sensor Module

Electronic Charting

Navy ECDIS provides paperless navigation, route planning, situational awareness, and radar integration on U.S. Navy surface ships and submarines.

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Mission Integration

Working in close coordination with leading shipbuilders and the U.S. Armed Forces, 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.

For the U.S. Armed Forces, Northrop Grumman is integrating additional sensors from multiple services and pioneering joint all-domain command and control with IBCS. The system’s resilient, open, modular, scalable architecture is foundational to deploying a truly integrated network of all available assets in the battlespace, regardless of source, service or domain. The system’s resilient, open, modular, scalable architecture is foundational to deploying a truly integrated network of all available assets in the battlespace, regardless of source, service or domain. Northrop Grumman has performed integration work on the Offshore Patrol Cutter as the C5ISR prime systems integrator, as well as integration and testing on the LHA-8 and on the Littoral Combat Ship mission modules.

Northrop Grumman’s open, modular architecture allows for rapid integration and the ability to update systems. We are experts in solving complex-integration challenges, including Multi-Domain Convergence, Multi-Domain Mission Success, Agile JADC2, and full scale combat operations.

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Unmanned Systems

From unmanned aerial vehicles and underwater minehunting systems to defense readiness targets, Northrop Grumman is a leader in autonomous systems, helping our customers meet a wide variety of missions.

Northrop Grumman has done extensive work in the area of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and we are working now to develop autonomous capabilities and intelligent payloads for maritime applications, like the Large Unmanned Surface Vehicle and Medium Unmanned Surface Vehicles.

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Fire Scout

Fire Scout is a combat-proven, autonomous helicopter system providing real-time Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Target-acquisition, laser designation and battle management to tactical users without relying on manned aircraft or space-based assets.

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AQS-24B Minehunting

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. It is currently the fastest fielded minehunting system in the world.

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Undersea Superiority

Northrop Grumman is defining possible as a force multiplier for the United States Joint Forces by improving mission capability in the Undersea domain to ensure strategic dominance from seabed to space.

µSAS

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s µSASTM (pronounced “micro-sas”) will be integrated onto L3Harris Technologies’ Iver4 Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) for a 12-month test period for the Defense Innovation Unit’s (DIU) Next Generation Small-Class UUV program.

NiobiCon™ Wet-Mate Electrical Connector

Northrop Grumman’s NiobiCon™ offers an innovative, safer way of making electrical connections underwater. This novel wet-mate connector technology allows for power transfer and data exchange without seals, oil or moving parts.

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Launchers

Northrop Grumman is continuing production of Launcher Subsystem hardware in support of the Columbia and Dreadnought common missile compartment (CMC) program.

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In the News

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Engineering Imitating Life

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At Northrop Grumman Creativity Guides Innovation

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Northrop Grumman in the UK Supports Astute Submarines for UK Royal Navy

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Eastern Shipbuilding opens new C5I integration facility for offshore patrol cutter

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Northrop Grumman Delivers 500th AN/WSN-7 Inertial Navigation System to the US Navy

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Northrop Grumman Connects Warfighters to the Future

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Northrop Grumman Continues Production of Launcher Subsystem Hardware

Joint Engagement in EA Environment

US Army IBCS Flight Test Demonstrates Joint Engagement in Electronic Attack Environment

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Northrop Grumman Delivers First SEWIP Block 3 System to US Navy

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Northrop Grumman to Develop C5ISR and Control Systems for US Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutters

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Northrop Grumman and Seatrec Recognized for Self-Sustaining Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Charging Station Design

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Northrop Grumman to Integrate Sonar System onto L3Harris Unmanned Undersea Vehicle

U.S. Navy WSN-12 Arleigh-Burke class destroyers

Northrop Grumman Successfully Completes Critical Design Review for the US Navy WSN-12 Inertial Sensor Module

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