Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS)

Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS)

We provide an integrated, layered solution, from sensing to intercept.

Defining Possible Against Unmanned Aerial Systems

When it comes to countering unmanned aerial system (UAS) threats that are proliferating across the modern battlefield, there is no ‘silver bullet’ solution.

Northrop Grumman believes that a strong defense against Unmanned Aerial System Threats requires a comprehensive, end-to-end approach. We are uniquely capable of providing an integrated, layered solution across the kill chain. Our C-UAS architecture and system of systems approach starts with sensing and tracking. It delivers a layered defense that includes a full complement of kinetic and non-kinetic effects, aerial and ground sensors and the battle-hardened, proven and deployed Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control (FAAD C2) system. FAAD C2 was recently selected by the Department of Defense (DoD) as the system of choice for Counter-small UAS. Ultimately, our approach creates a fully networked battlespace that connects, integrates and optimizes every-sensor/best-effector operations.

Read about the DoD Selection
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Sensors and Radars

To stay one-step ahead of the enemy, the modern battlefield requires the most advanced technologies that offer industry-leading performance in clutter-rich, contested environments. Northrop Grumman’s all-seeing radars – AN/TPS-80 G/ATOR, HAMMR, and the AN/TPS-80 Long Range Radar provide a complete, operational picture and unambiguous view of the battlespace to help warfighters make better decisions when it matters most.

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Medium Caliber Systems

Northrop Grumman, a developer, producer and integrator of medium caliber gun and ammunition system for land, air, sea-based combat platforms is uniquely experienced to deliver kinetic effectors for both dedicated and non-dedicated systems that can defeat class 1 and 2 drones, as well as small land and surface water vehicles.

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Lasers and Directed Energy

Northrop Grumman is a leader in high-power directed energy technology for a variety of platforms operating in multiple domains. Our advance high-energy laser weapon system enables on-the-move, rapid, precise target engagements.

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Electronic Warfare

Northrop Grumman is also applying advanced EW technologies to build next-generation systems for protecting troops on the ground.

Learn more about EW Learn more about DRAKE Learn more about JCREW

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Command & Control: Forward Area Air Defense C2

Northrop Grumman has been the prime contractor for FAAD C2, the U.S. Army’s short range air defense (SHORAD) C2 program of record, since 1986. Deployed in several theaters of operation for the C-UAS and C-RAM (Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar) missions, FAAD C2’s proven performance and flexibility enables easy integration with available senors, effectors and warning systems to launch rapid, real-time defense against short range and maneuvering threats. Our open architecture approach enables any-sensor-best-effector operations keep pace as threats evolve.

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Fully Integrated Systems

The Mobile – Acquisition, Cueing and Effector (M-ACE) System, is a modular, on-the-move C-UAS solution supporting both military and homeland defense. Utilizing an open- architecture software system, the M-ACE system integrates with hundreds of sensors and cameras, and can fit onto a variety of vehicle platforms.

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M-ACE Vehicle – C-UAS Solution

Related C-UAS News

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Northrop Grumman’s FAAD C2 System Enables Integrated Short Range Air Defense in Baltic Region

Northrop Grumman’s C-UAS System of Systems Architecture Excels During Complex Live Fire Tests

Northrop Grumman Taps Epirus for Electromagnetic Pulse C-UAS Weapon System

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Forward Area Defense Command and Control is Department of Defense system of choice for Counter-Small Unmanned Aerial System

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The Power of Short Range Air Defense

A designers example of a Short Range Air Defense (SHORAD) in action.

Northrop Grumman Selected for US Army Stryker Vehicle High Energy Laser Initiative

Northrop Grumman Demonstrates Counter-UAS Technologies at Black Dart Exercise

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Countering Unmanned Systems – A Networked Approach (Military Technology)

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Fighting Back Against UAS (Asian Military Review)

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Countering Unmanned Systems – Integrated and Networked for Success (Defence Procurement International)

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Northrop Grumman Advances M-ACE Development (Jane’s International Defence Review)