Northrop Grumman to Supply Navigation System for Embraer's New KC-390 Military Aircraft

Northrop Grumman to Supply Navigation System for Embraer's New KC-390 Military

  PR Newswire

  BERLIN, Sept. 11, 2012

BERLIN, Sept. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:
NOC) has been awarded a contract to supply the hybrid global positioning
system (GPS) and inertial reference system for the Embraer Defense and
Security KC-390 medium-lift military transport aircraft.

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Under the contract, the company's German navigation systems subsidiary,
Northrop Grumman LITEF, will provide the fibre-optic, gyro-compass LCR-100
Attitude and Heading Reference System. The system will be used on Embraer's
new fly-by-wire KC-390 aircraft, which is anticipated to have the first flight
in 2014.

"The LCR-100 gyro-compass brings efficiencies, savings and safety to Embraer's
KC-390 military transport aircraft," said Eckehardt Keip, managing director
for Northrop Grumman LITEF. "This system will meet the exacting standards
Embraer sets for its new aircraft."

The LCR-100 is a high-performing inertial reference system that provides
navigation information regarding the aircraft's position, heading and
attitude. The gyro-compass feature eliminates the need for a magnetic sensing
unit. Additionally, the system offers extended coasting performance that
allows the aircraft to maintain accuracy and continue to provide navigation
information in the event of GPS signal loss.

Northrop Grumman LITEF is a leading supplier of inertial sensors, inertial
reference, and inertial navigation systems and computers with products
deployed in more than 30 countries in aircraft, marine vessels and ground
mobile applications. The company has more than 15,000 fibre-optic gyro systems
serving in aircraft worldwide.

The KC-390 is a Brazilian air force project that is anticipated to set new
standards in the medium-lift military transport market for performance, cargo
capacity, flexibility and life cycle costs. In addition to troop and cargo
transportation, the aircraft will be capable of in-flight refueling, search
and rescue, and medical evacuation.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative
systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information
systems, and technical services to government and commercial customers
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