Aircraft Warfare Systems

Aircraft Warfare Systems

Northrop Grumman designs and produces advanced high speed strike missiles and aircraft warfare systems.

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Strike Weapon Systems

Northrop Grumman’s Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) is a supersonic, air-launched tactical missile system. It has the capability to perform Destruction of Enemy Air Defense missions and is an upgrade to the U.S. Navy AGM-88 HARM system. AARGM is able to rapidly engage traditional and advanced land- and sea-based air defense threats, as well as non-radar, time-sensitive strike targets.

Northrop Grumman’s next generation AARGM Extended Range (AARGM-ER) program, for the U.S. Navy, is building upon AARGM, currently in production. By leveraging AARGM sensors and electronics, the addition of a new rocket motor and warhead, AARGM-ER will provide advanced capability to detect and engage long-range adversary air defense systems.

Aircraft Survivability

Northrop Grumman’s portfolio of aircraft self-protection equipment protects aircrews during combat missions. Products include the ShotFinder Acoustic Hostile Fire Indication Detection System that identifies and directionally locates small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenade threats. The combat-proven AAR-47 Missile and Laser Warning System with Hostile Fire Indication electronic warfare system is designed to protect helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft from surface-to-air threats.

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AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning System

The AN/AAR-47 is a fielded, combat deployed, electronic warfare system designed to protect aircraft against infrared-guided (IR) missile threats, laser-guided/laser-aided threats, and unguided munitions. Upon detection of the threat, the system will provide an audio and visual sector warning to the pilot. For IR missile threats, the system automatically initiates countermeasures by sending a command signal to the countermeasures dispensing set.

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ShotFinder Acoustic Hostile Fire Indication Detection System

Northrop Grumman’s ShotFinder Acoustic Hostile Fire Indication Detection System provides detection of small arms fire and rocket propelled grenades. The ruggedized acoustic sensor system is light-weight and easy to install. The sensor system attaches to the underside of the aircraft and detects shockwaves of supersonic projectiles. Unique algorithms, optimized for each platform, analyze the data providing a greater than 98% probability rate of detection with minimal false alarms. 

Test Equipment

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Countermeasures Signal Simulator (CSS)

The CSS is a lightweight test set that meets flight-line, ruggedized requirements to allow testing of all versions of the AN/AAR-47(V)2 missile-warning systems. With multiple operation modes, the CSS allows a dynamic operational test to verify missile warning function.

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Common Munitions BIT/Reprogramming Equipment (CMBRE)

Northrop Grumman’s CMBRE is a common piece of support equipment used to interface with weapon systems to initiate built-in tests, report BIT results, and upload/download flight software. CMBRE represents the first munitions support equipment developed as a “common” system for multiple munitions platforms.

In the News

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Third Successful Missile Live Fire Test for Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile Extended Range

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