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Northrop Grumman awarded KC-390 navigation system contract

11th September 2012 - 17:38 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Northrop Grumman announced on 11 September that it has been awarded a contract to supply the hybrid global positioning system (GPS) and inertial reference system for the Embraer Defense and Security KC-390 medium-lift military transport aircraft. The award forms part of the latest round of contracts issued by Embraer as the programme moves forward.

The contract will see Northrop Grumman LITEF, the company's German navigation systems subsidiary, provide the fibre-optic, gyro-compass LCR-100 Attitude and Heading Reference System. The system will be used on Embraer's new fly-by-wire KC-390 aircraft.

The LCR-100 is a high-performing inertial reference system that provides navigation information regarding the aircraft's position, heading and attitude. The gyro-compass feature eliminates the need for a magnetic sensing unit. Additionally, the system offers extended coasting performance that allows the aircraft to maintain accuracy and continue to provide navigation information in the event of GPS signal loss.

Eckehardt Keip, managing director for Northrop Grumman LITEF, said: ‘The LCR-100 gyro-compass brings efficiencies, savings and safety to Embraer's KC-390 military transport aircraft. This system will meet the exacting standards Embraer sets for its new aircraft.’

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