Modern battles begin invisibly.
The military uses the electromagnetic spectrum – essential, yet invisible – to detect, deceive and disrupt the enemy while protecting friendly forces. As enemies become more capable and threats more complex, controlling the spectrum is increasingly critical.
Northrop Grumman’s capabilities in electronic warfare, full spectrum cyber and electromagnetic maneuver warfare (EMW) span all domains – land, sea, air, space, cyberspace and the electromagnetic spectrum.
The company has a long and successful legacy in the art and science of electronic warfare, having developed and delivered offensive and defensive systems and aircraft for more than 60 years. It also has more than three decades of experience designing and operating cyber systems.
When it comes to development and test, an accurate model of the spectrum environment is a must. Northrop Grumman’s Combat Electromagnetic Environment Simulator (CEESIM) faithfully simulates true-to-war conditions. Simulations of this quality offer the most cost-effective means of testing and validating effectiveness of sophisticated EW equipment.
Airborne Electronic Attack and Countermeasures
In airborne electronic attack, Northrop Grumman developed the nation’s first electronic attack aircraft, the EA-6A Electric Intruder, and its successor, the EA-6B Prowler. Today, the company provides the airborne electronic attack (AEA) suite for the EA-18G Growler, the newest and most capable electronic attack aircraft in the world. The AEA system allows warfighters to disrupt, deceive and deny a broad range of military electronic systems; it features wing tip pods and gun bay pallets, in addition to antennas and receivers.
Northrop Grumman also is the leader in providing optical laser-based systems that detect threats and protect aircraft – large and small fixed-wing, rotary-wing, and tilt-wing platforms – from advanced missile threats. These self-protect family of programs include Directional Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM), Common Infrared Countermeasure Systems (CIRCM) and Guardian™. The ALQ AN/ALQ-131(V) Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) pod and the AN/APR-39D(V)2 Radar Warning Receiver/Electronic Warfare Management System maximize survivability by improving aircrew situational awareness via interactive management of all onboard sensors and countermeasures.
Electronic Warfare at Sea
Northrop Grumman’s Maritime EW capabilities extend the power of the Fleet and provide a decisive advantage.
Protecting Land Forces
Northrop Grumman is also applying advanced EW technologies to build next-generation systems for protecting troops on the ground from device-triggered IEDs. As the prime contractor for JCREW – the Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (RCIED) Electronic Warfare (JCREW) Increment 1 Block 1 – the company is providing software-programmable jammers that protect warfighters in vehicles, on patrol or in forward operating bases from RCIEDs.
As enemies become more capable and threats more complex, Northrop Grumman continues to leverage traditional spectrum-based and next-generation EMW innovations. Combined with its advanced Cyber, C4ISR, Autonomous and Strike expertise, the company is designing and building smarter, more agile systems and providing multi-function, affordable solutions to give our forces the decisive advantage.