Northrop gains DARPA award for navigation device

April 22, 2013 at 2:34 PM

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., April 22 (UPI) -- Demonstration of integration of plug-and-play navigation into hand-held, Android-based devices is continuing under a U.S. military contract to Northrop Grumman.

An 18-month, Phase 2 contract for work on developing the open architecture technology has been given to Northrop by the U.S. Defense Research Projects Agency.

"This architecture for plug-and-play navigation systems will increase the flexibility and effectiveness of the sensors available to the warfighters," said Charles Volk, a vice president and a chief technologist at Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems sector. "The ability to dynamically modify the navigation sensor sources will be a force multiplier for the warfighters."

The award, given under DARPA's All Source Positioning and Navigation program, aims to result in low-cost and seamless integration of navigation sensors into Android-based devices for the expanding array of sensors becoming available.

Northrop says it is leveraging its scalable node architecture for the project that will maximize use of commercial off-the-shelf software products.

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