Northrop Grumman Bags $31.7Mn Contract to Design Anti-Missile System

By CIOReview | Thursday, June 25, 2015

ROLLING MEADOWS, ILL: Northrop Grumman, provider of security solutions for aerospace systems, electronic systems, information systems and technical services has bagged a$31.7Mn contract to design anti-missile system for Defense Microelectronics Activity.

This anti-missile system will be utilized by Department of Homeland security, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserved Command’s KC-135 aircraft. It is configured with Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures Block 30 which enables the functioning of advanced system processor technology, infrared missile warning sensors, the viper laser and a new control interface unit in aircraft. This system is easily movable from one aircraft to another and mounted on single pod underside to the fuselage weighing 550 pounds.

Northrop Grumman Guardian based this system will provide 360 degree protection against any opposite missile through detection of man portable air defense system (MANPADS) launch. It consists of multiband laser tracker and four infrared ultraviolet sensors, which senses the incoming missile and uses laser beam to restrict the missile’s guidance system and causing it to miss the target aircraft. The entire mechanism takes few seconds and need no labor or input from aircraft crew.

Bestowing to this contract, Northrop Grumman will support government flight tests and trainings. The open architecture configuration provides enhanced aircraft safety measures complimenting to numerous military and commercial aircraft, explained Carl Smith, Vice President, Land and Self Protection Division, Northrop Grumman.