Northrop Grumman wins CH-53K contract
Northrop Grumman has announced that it has been awarded a contract by the US Navy for work on the new CH-53K Super Stallion helicopter. According to a 19 December 2011 company statement, it will provide integration and laboratory test support for the LN-251 embedded global positioning system (GPS)/fibre-optic inertial navigation system (INS) on the CH-53K.
The contract, awarded by the Naval Air Systems Command, is part of the initial test phase for the CH-53K. Northrop Grumman will define system requirements for the integration of the LN-251 system in Sikorsky Aircraft's CH-53K, being developed for the US Marine Corps.
The LN-251 system is the world's smallest, lightest navigation-grade embedded GPS/INS unit in its class. Its high-performance, fibre-optic gyro-based inertial measurement unit provides a compact, low-noise solution for optimal sensor stabilisation and navigation applications. The LN-251 system's modular, open architecture supports additional applications and evolving requirements.
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