Defining Possible at Sea

Northrop Grumman: Leader in Integrated, Advanced Naval Systems

Northrop Grumman’s seabed-to-space advanced multi-domain maritime capabilities enable current and future maritime missions. With systems and sensors fielded on VIRGINIA class submarines, Arleigh–Burke class destroyers, E2D Hawkeye, Triton, and space-based assets, all connected by cyber secure communications and networks, Northrop Grumman is positioned to fully operationalize the Navy’s Project Overmatch and Distributed Maritime Operations (DMO) strategy.

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Northrop Grumman: Leader in Maritime Navigation

A Legacy of Integrated Bridge & Navigation Systems

Northrop Grumman’s navigation technology provides optimal situational awareness for ship watch officers in carrying out their missions. Multifunctional workstations are available to combine all nautical factors with a further option for integration specific military applications and other ship system operations, thereby increasing the level of safety and enabling full flexibility for data access anywhere on the bridge.

Inertial Navigation Systems

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The WSN-7 is an inertial navigator, a device that allows for precise navigation and aiming of weapons. It allows our ships and submarines to operate in areas where GPS is denied. Currently, there is a WSN-7 on nearly every ship in the U.S. Navy Fleet.

WSN-7 (left) and WSN-12 (right)

The WSN-12 Inertial Navigation System is more precise than the WSN-7 and will be crucial to establishing true A-PNT (assured position, navigation, and timing), critical for long range weaponry. The WSN-12 is scheduled for Fleet deployment beginning in late 2022.

Electronic Charting

Navy ECDIS provides paperless navigation, route planning, situational awareness, and radar integration on U.S. Navy surface ships and submarines.

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Northrop Grumman: Leader in Integration


Northrop Grumman is developing sensors and systems that can be integrated seamlessly on next generation platforms like DDG(X).

Power & Energy: Integrated Power Solution (IPS)

Scalable energy storage and management systems are increasingly important for modern naval warfare. Northrop Grumman’s integrated power and energy systems are ideal for supporting current and emerging systems such as electromagnetic sensors, directed energy weapons, and radars.

Northrop Grumman’s IPS is both flexible and adaptable – utilizing modular technologies to enable rapid, affordable upgrades on the DDG(X) platform. Our experience with machinery controls, integrated power systems, energy management, and shipboard electrical systems make Northrop Grumman an ideal partner for the shipyard to help with electric plant control design and support the shipyard’s role as an IPS Integrator.

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IPS Digital Twin Ready for Testing

Northrop Grumman is leading the way in producing scalable and flexible power storage, management and conditioning solutions using a modular approach to support high-end, power-hungry systems in the future fleet.

Integrated Power & Energy System

Flexible power storage, management and conditioning on board a ship

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Machinery Control & Steering Systems

Machinery Control System & Steering Systems are sophisticated control system solutions for surface ships and submarines. The Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS), sometimes referred to as a Machinery Control System, is a sophisticated control system solution for naval vessels including surface ships, submarines and, potentially, uncrewed surface and undersea vehicles.

These systems control and monitor platform machines, steering and on-board systems, and are comprised of sensors, actuators, remote terminal units and data processing to provide safe, secure, condition-based control, monitoring, steering and diagnostics on the status of a ship and its major systems.

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Prime Systems Integrator: Offshore Patrol Cutter

In a newly expanded role as C5ISR systems integrator, Northrop Grumman is responsible for integrating all cyber hardened C5ISR systems, including command and control, communications, navigation and the shipboard computer networking systems.

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Northrop Grumman: Leader in Uncrewed Systems

From unmanned aerial vehicles and underwater mine hunting systems to defense readiness targets, Northrop Grumman is a leader in autonomous systems, helping our customers meet a wide range of missions.

Northrop Grumman is a leader in the areas of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and we are working to develop autonomous capabilities and intelligent payloads for maritime applications, like the Large Unmanned Surface Vehicle and Medium Unmanned Surface Vehicles.

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Manta Ray

Northrop Grumman has been pioneering new capabilities in the undersea domain for more than 50 years. Manta Ray, a new unmanned underwater vehicle, taking its name from the massive “winged” fish, will need to be able to operate on long-duration, long-range missions in ocean environments without need for on-site human logistics support – a unique but important mission needed to address the complex nature of undersea warfare.

Northrop Grumman is developing its unique full-scale demonstration vehicle using several novel design attributes that support the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA’s) vision of providing ground-breaking technology to create strategic surprise. Manta Ray will also be able to anchor to the seafloor in a low power state while harvesting energy from the environment.

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Fire Scout

Fire Scout is a combat-proven, autonomous helicopter system providing real-time Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Target-acquisition, laser designation and battle management to tactical users without relying on manned aircraft or space-based assets.

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AQS-24B Minehunting

Northrop Grumman was the first to field electro-optic mine identification and developed the first long-range synthetic aperture sonar for mine warfare, the first mine warfare unmanned surface vessel (jointly with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center) and mine warfare unmanned underwater vehicles. It is currently the fastest fielded minehunting system in the world.

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Undersea Superiority

Northrop Grumman is defining possible as a force multiplier for the United States Joint Forces by improving mission capability in the Undersea domain to ensure strategic dominance from seabed to space.

MicroSAS (µSAS™)

The µSAS is a Low-SWaP (size, weight and power), high-performance interferometric synthetic aperture sonar that enables longer sorties and higher area coverage rates for UUV missions. 

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NiobiCon™ Wet-Mate Electrical Connector

Northrop Grumman’s NiobiCon™ offers an innovative, safer way of making electrical connections underwater. This novel wet-mate connector technology allows for power transfer and data exchange without seals, oil or moving parts.

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Northrop Grumman is continuing production of Launcher Subsystem hardware in support of the Columbia and Dreadnought common missile compartment (CMC) program.

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Electronic Warfare

Northrop Grumman’s cutting-edge, multifunction sensors and electronic warfare capabilities provide warfighters an overwhelming advantage in every domain and push the boundaries of possible across the electromagnetic spectrum.

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Advanced Multifunction Sensors: Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 3

The Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 3 is the U.S. Navy’s upgrade to the legacy AN/SLQ-32 system providing game-changing capability for non-kinetic electronic attack options to the U.S. fleet. 

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In the News

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Northrop Grumman Manufactures Two Thousandth Solid Rocket Motor for US Navy’s Trident II D5 Program

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Northrop Grumman to Produce New Maritime Navigation Sensor for U.S. Navy

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Northrop Grumman Delivers First Modified E-6B Mercury to US Navy

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For almost all 100 years of US Navy carrier operations, one company’s aircraft have graced the flight deck (Breaking Defense)

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Engineering Imitating Life

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At Northrop Grumman Creativity Guides Innovation

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Northrop Grumman’s New Navigation Capability Approved for US Navy Deployment

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Eastern Shipbuilding opens new C5I integration facility for offshore patrol cutter

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Northrop Grumman Delivers 500th AN/WSN-7 Inertial Navigation System to the US Navy

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Northrop Grumman Connects Warfighters to the Future

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US Army IBCS Flight Test Demonstrates Joint Engagement in Electronic Attack Environment

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Northrop Grumman Delivers First SEWIP Block 3 System to US Navy

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Northrop Grumman to Develop C5ISR and Control Systems for US Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutters

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Northrop Grumman and Seatrec Recognized for Self-Sustaining Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Charging Station Design

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Northrop Grumman to Integrate Sonar System onto L3Harris Unmanned Undersea Vehicle

U.S. Navy WSN-12 Arleigh-Burke class destroyers

Northrop Grumman Successfully Completes Critical Design Review for the US Navy WSN-12 Inertial Sensor Module

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