Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Electronic warfare radar warning receivers to come from Northrop

Northrop Grumman Corp. Land and Self Protection Systems Division in Rolling Meadows, Ill., will provide electronic warfare radar warning receivers for U.S. Army helicopters under terms of a potential $457 million contract announced this week. Northrop Grumman will provide APR-39C(V)1 upgrade kits and APR-39A/B(V)2 radar warning receiver systems as part of a $118 million initial order from the Army Communications-Electronics command (CECOM) at Fort Monmouth, N.J.

The APR-39 provides continuous 360-degree coverage to detect and identify potentially hostile radar types automatically, as well as the radar's bearing and danger level before alerting a helicopter cockpit crew to each threat with a graphical symbol on the cockpit multifunction display or video display.

The APR-39 is designed to product a wide variety of fixed-wing and tiltrotor aircraft, as well as helicopters from today's most modern surveillance radar and radar-guided weapons threats. To date more than 6,000 APR-39 systems have been installed on domestic and international AH-1W/Z, UH-1N/Y, MV-22B, KC-130T, UH-60, OH-58D, CH-53, CH-46, AH-64A/D, and CH-47 aircraft.

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