Northrop Grumman Selects Garmin® Integrated Flight Deck for New Optionally Piloted Aircraft

  Northrop Grumman Selects Garmin® Integrated Flight Deck for New Optionally
  Piloted Aircraft

Business Wire

OLATHE, Kan. -- November 19, 2012

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global
leader in satellite navigation, announced today that Northrop Grumman
Corporation has selected Garmin to supply the avionics suite for the new
Firebird, an optionally piloted vehicle (OPV) designed for intelligence,
surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. The Firebird is equipped with
a tailored version of Garmin’s latest touchscreen-controlled integrated flight
deck system, leveraging the expandable and scalable attributes of Garmin’s
commercial avionics technology to yield a highly capable Commercial
Off-the-Shelf (COTS) solution.

“Commercial avionics are an increasingly compelling option for government and
military aircraft because they offer excellent features with significant time
and cost savings,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales
and marketing. “Garmin has a proven track record developing and certifying
some of the most sophisticated and remarkably capable avionics available for
commercial use, and Northrop Grumman was able to draw upon that expertise to
integrate the avionics with their special missions systems.”

The Firebird cockpit is equipped with three 14-inch, high-definition,
widescreen displays. Multi-pane display capability effectively doubles the
number of different presentations that the crew can control and view at the
same time. This allows for primary flight information to be displayed to both
the pilot and copilot along with additional displays capable of showing sensor
data, moving maps, charts, engine indications and other important flight
information. In addition, the cockpit is equipped with two touchscreen
display/controllers that provide a centralized and intuitive interface to the
system, giving pilots rapid access to the flight information they want. The
touch controllers also allow for the control of external missions systems.

For enhanced situational awareness and hazard avoidance, the Firebird is also
equipped with Garmin’s Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT™), which presents a 3D
depiction of terrain, obstacles, traffic and the runway environment on the
flight displays. Garmin’s GWX 70 Doppler-capable weather radar and Garmin’s
GTS™ 850 Traffic and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS I) are also on board the
aircraft to provide the best possible picture of the operational environment.

The triple widescreen displays, dual touchscreen display/controllers and
flight management systems are also used in the ground control station that is
used to fly the aircraft when it is operated as an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
(UAV).

As a hybrid between a conventional aircraft and a UAV, the Firebird offers the
flexibility to perform ISR missions based on the demands of the mission
environment and whether manned or unmanned flight is optimal. The Firebird can
support multiple types of ISR and communications sensor payloads
simultaneously during flight including high-definition full-motion video,
infrared, radar and different types of electronic communications.

The Firebird made its first flight in November 2012.

Garmin’s aviation business segment is a leading provider of solutions to OEM,
aftermarket, military and government customers. Garmin’s portfolio includes
navigation, communication, flight control, hazard avoidance, surveillance, and
other products and services that are known for innovation, reliability, and
value.

About Garmin

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global leader in satellite navigation. Since 1989, this group of companies has
designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and
information devices and applications – most of which are enabled by GPS
technology. Garmin’s products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor
recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is
incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the
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Garmin International Inc.
Mika Cohn, 913-397-8200
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