Northrop introduces new navigation system

Oct. 13, 2011 at 2:19 PM
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FREIBURG, Germany, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman in Germany is introducing a new Hybrid Navigators product line for aircraft that include the LCR-100N and LCR-110 fiber-optic INS/GPS system.

The new products provide navigation information regarding the aircraft's position, heading and attitude. They are derived from Northrop Grumman's CR-100 Attitude Heading Reference System but incorporate significant performance improvements, including increased accuracy of inertial measurement units and enhanced utilization of Global Positioning System data.

In addition, the products help aircraft operators take advantage of Single European Sky and NextGen, the modernization initiatives for air traffic management systems, as they shift from radar-based to satellite network controls.

"The lightweight, state-of-the-art LCR-100N and LCR-110 systems help companies to save fuel, time and costs," said Eckehardt Keip, managing director for Northrop Grumman LITEF GmbH. "We offer novel navigation solutions at the best value to meet the evolving needs of our commercial customers."

Northrop said the LCR-100N and LCR-110 offer extended coasting performance that allows them to maintain accuracy and continue to provide navigation information in the event of GPS signal loss. The systems also provide real-time assessment of current performance.

Production deliveries of the LCR-100N are to begin in 2012, while the LCR-110 should be available by early 2014, Northrop said.

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