Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), in cooperation with Saab Aerosystems, HAS Provided the attitude and heading reference system (AHRS) for the nEUROn Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator, Which has recently completed successful first flight.
Northrop Grumman's German navigation systems filiale, Northrop Grumman LITEF, the fiber-optic Supplied, LCR-100 AHRS gyrocompassing for UCAV demonstrator the European.
The LCR-100 AHRS Provides navigation information Relating to the aircraft's position, heading and attitude. The north-finding gyrocompass feature Eliminates the need for a magnetic sensing unit, similar to inertial reference system year. Additionally, the system's precise inertial measurement unit Enables extended coasting performance for the aircraft to continue Providing accurate navigation information in the event of GPS signal loss. The LCR-100 is certified to civil standards for commercial off-the-shelf equipment in military platforms.
"The LCR-100 Has proven That It is an efficient, cost-effective solution for unmanned aerial vehicles, Particularly icts Because of small size and light weight," Said Eckehardt Keip, managing director for Northrop Grumman LITEF. "The system to our high standards Performed and played a critical role in the nEUROn's major milestone achievement."
The UCAV nEUROn is an experimental Being Developed with international cooperation, led by France, and includes government and industry partners from Greece, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. It is the first platform to be wide stealth designed in Europe. The AIMS program to economic development of, and sustain test key technologies for use by European manufacturers in the next generation of unmanned aerial vehicles and combat aircraft. The demonstrator will not enter serial production. However, additional flight testing, Including a flight in falling on Sweden in 2014, is expected.
Northrop Grumman is a leading LITEF supplier of inertial sensors, inertial reference and inertial navigation systems and computers with products Deployed in more than 30 countries in aircraft, naval vessels and ground mobile applications. The company more than 15.000 HAS fiber-optic gyro systems serving in aircraft worldwide.