FARNBOROUGH 2002 AIR SHOW, FARNBOROUGH, U.K., July 22, 2002 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Navigation Systems Division has been awarded a $31 million (U.S.) contract by The Boeing Company to develop advanced flat panel color displays for the Canadian Forces and Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 aircraft. Northrop Grumman is teamed with Kaiser Electronics in San Jose, Calif., for this contract.
"The new displays, intended to replace monochrome CRT displays developed in the 1970s, will provide enhanced situational awareness by supporting improvements in aircraft sensors, mission computers and weapon systems also being introduced to the aircraft," said Richard Ackerman, vice president of Contracts, Marketing and Projects at the Canadian facility in Toronto. "The new display suite also includes an embedded digital map system which will eliminate the need for film maps in the aircraft."
The aircraft display development effort is expected to last approximately 30 months and will be followed by production of the new displays. The upgrade program, which could be worth more than $100 million (U.S.) over its life, will involvemodifying 71 Australian and 80 Canadian F/A-18 aircraft. The new displays are also being offered to other F/A-18 users.
The new state-of-the-art displays are being developed by Northrop Grumman in Canada and Kaiser Electronics, in San Jose, Calif. The Northrop Grumman/Kaiser team previously completed contracts with the Canadian Department of National Defense for the system definition and concept demonstration/risk reduction phases of the program. Kaiser and Northrop Grumman have had a long-standing relationship beginning with Northrop Grumman's manufacture of the original Kaiser-designed, CRT-based displays for Canadian CF-18 aircraft and other applications in the 1980s.
Established in 1960, Northrop Grumman's Canadian operation has state-of-the-art engineering and manufacturing capabilities in the demanding fields of airborne, army and maritime electronics. With 650 employees, Northrop Grumman has plants in Toronto, Ontario and Halifax, Nova Scotia, for developing and manufacturing high-technology products and systems that are sold worldwide. Originally established as Litton Systems Canada and part of last year's acquisition of Litton Industries by Northrop Grumman, the Canadian operation will soon be renamed Northrop Grumman Canada.
With headquarters in Woodland Hills, Calif., Northrop Grumman's Navigation Systems Division provides situational awareness in the defense, civil and commercial markets. It offers integrated avionics, inertial navigation and guidance systems, satellite electronics, identification friend or foe systems, rugged conventional and smart displays, rugged handheld computers and workstations, rugged rack systems, fiber-optic sensors and systems and logistic support products and services.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is an $18 billion, global defense company with its worldwide headquarters in Los Angeles. Northrop Grumman provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in defense and commercial electronics, systems integration, information technology and nuclear and non-nuclear shipbuilding and systems. With nearly 100,000 employees and operations in 44 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.
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