WOODLAND HILLS, California, The United States (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Northrop Grumman Corporation revealed yesterday (11th February 2019) that it has received from the U.S. Air Force a $59 million contract for the EMD phase (engineering and manufacturing development phase) of the Embedded Global Positioning System (GPS) /Inertial Navigation System (INS)-Modernization, or EGI-M, technology, learned BulgarianMilitary.com
The approval for proceeding to the EMD phase comes after the Department of Defence approved Milestone B in October last year. Under the EMD phase contract, Northrop Grumman will develop the critical hardware and software design for the EGI-M, build hardware for integration and qualification, generate safety and civil certification documentation, qualify the new EGI-M systems to rigorous military standards, and build production units for platform testing.
Dean Ebert, Vice President, Navigation and Positioning Systems at Northrop Grumman, commented, “This EMD award brings us an important step closer to fielding a modernized navigation system that provides accurate positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) information, even when GPS is denied. Northrop Grumman is dedicated to ensuring the safety and mission success of our warfighters by providing a resilient assured PNT solution that will allow service members to fly, fight and win in any environment.”
The EGI-M system is based upon modular and truly open systems architecture. It will provide support for the rapid insertion of new capabilities and adaptability based on specific platform requirements. In addition, the upgraded navigation system will involve new generation GPS receivers that securely and accurately transmit the new military signals for space (M-Code). The design of the EGI-M allows easy integration into various platforms across all of the services. Exportable versions will also be developed for the needs of international customers. F-22 and E-2D are the lead platforms for EGI-M.
About Northrop Grumman
The leading global security company, Northrop Grumman, is made up of four business sectors: Aerospace Systems, Mission Systems, Technology Services, and Innovation Systems. It provides innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, space, strike, and logistics and modernization to customers all over the world. Northrop Grumman was established by Northrop’s 1994 purchase of Grumman. In 2015 the company was announced to be the fifth-largest arms trader in the world.
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Source: Northrop Grumman