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Northrop Grumman has secured a contract from the US Air Force to supply its embedded global positioning/inertial navigation systems (EGI).

The company will supply fibre-optic gyro-based navigation systems to the US Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine and Navy, in addition to international customers, under an indefinite-delivery and indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract.

Northrop will also provide platform integration, modernisation, flight test and technical support, training, depot repair and spares for its EGI.

The contract, valued at up to $200m, allows for ordering equipment and services through December 2018.

The contract consists of foreign sales, including a first order in support of EGI sales to Iraq and Thailand, according to the company.

"The contract allows for ordering equipment and services through December 2018."

Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems navigation and positioning systems vice-president Bob Mehltretter said the company is offering the highest performance technology at very affordable prices.

"Additionally, this contract gives customers the flexibility to respond to emerging needs, leading to greater mission effectiveness and the best value," Mehltretter said.

As part of the contract, Northrop will offer products such as the LN-251 and LN-260 that features fully integrated, tightly coupled GPS inertial design for accuracy, in addition to open and modular architecture for adaptability, while LN-251 is the smallest and lightest navigation-grade EGI in its class.


Image: Northrop’s LN-251 embedded global positioning/inertial navigation system. Photo: courtesy of Northrop Grumman.

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