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Northrop Grumman Italia

Northrop Grumman Italia S.p.A.

 

Una storia di eccellenza

 

Specializzata in soluzioni per la navigazione in ambito militare, Northrop Grumman Italia è la sussidiaria italiana della Northrop Grumman Corporation, a sua volta azienda leader nel mondo nel settore dell’elettronica per la difesa.

 

La sua fondazione come Litton Italia è avvenuta a Roma nel 1961 per la costruzione del sistema di navigazione inerziale del velivolo F-104 Starfighter dell’Aeronautica Militare Italiana, in ottemperanza agli accordi industriali di offset.

 

Le attività cominciarono con la costruzione, l’assemblaggio e la riparazione della piattaforma inerziale LN-3, e sin da allora furono svolte nell’impianto industriale di Pomezia.

 

Nei primi anni 70, a riprova della competenza riconosciutale, Litton Italia fu insignita del privilegio di progettare e sviluppare il sistema di assetto e riferimento (AHRS) del Tornado.

Negli anni l’Azienda è cresciuta e maturata fino a sviluppare una grande capacità e un know-how che sono oggi all’avanguardia nel settore e che le hanno consentito di realizzare la gran parte dei sistemi di navigazione inerziale per i principali velivoli ed elicotteri militari italiani.

Da allora, Northrop Grumman Italia ha accresciuto la sua area di competenza ed è riconosciuta come un’industria leader nel campo della navigazione militare. Basterebbe ricordare, fra i suoi maggiori successi, il programma Eurofighter Typhoon – arrivato ormai alla Tranche 3 – o l’elicottero EH-101, o ancora l’ AM-X in tutte le versioni italiane e brasiliane, e poi l’ UH-60 Black Hawk e, fra gli ultimi successi, l’Alenia Aermacchi M-346. Questo solo per citarne alcuni e per non dire dei programmi ancora in fase di sviluppo.
Proprio per questo, infatti, cioè per progettare sistemi in grado di fornire dati di navigazione aventi una sempre maggiore accuratezza, Northrop Grumman Italia è impegnata da tempo nello studio dell’integrazione dei dati di misura derivati dai sensori puramente inerziali (giroscopi ed accelerometri) con dati generati da altri sensori, quali Magnetic Sensors Unit, Air Data Computer, Radar Altimetro, Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS).

 

Fin dall’inizio della navigazione satellitare GPS, sono apparsi in modo evidente gli enormi vantaggi derivanti dall’integrazione stretta tra navigazione inerziale e navigazione satellitare, tanto è vero che nel 1988 è stato realizzato un primo prototipo di sistema integrato Inerziale/GPS per il quale è stato sviluppato un Filtro di Kalman specifico.

 

Da allora molti dei sistemi di navigazione prodotti da Northrop Grumman Italia integrano al loro interno GNSS di vario tipo, Navstar, GLONAS, SAASM, SPS, incluse le capacità SBAS e già predisposti per il prossimo sistema satellitare europeo GALILEO.

Information

  • Company Dimension

    N/A

  • Share capital

    € 1,549,250.00

  • CEO and Business Development and ACT Director

    Frank SPINA

  • Manager, Institutional Relations

    Francesca FERRONI

A History of Excellence

Specialized in solutions for military navigation, Northrop Grumman Italy is the Italian subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation, a leading company in the world in the field of defense electronics.

Its foundation as Litton Italia took place in Rome in 1961 for the construction of the inertial navigation system of the Italian Air Force F-104 Starfighter, in compliance with international industrial offset agreements.

The activities began with the construction, assembly and repair of the LN -3 inertial platform, and since then were carried out in an industrial plant in Pomezia.

In the early 70s, as proof of the power conferred, Litton Italia was awarded the privilege to designing and develop the Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS) for the Tornado Aircraft.

Over the years the company has grown and matured to develop a large capacity and know-how that are now at the forefront in the industry and which enabled it to carry out most of the inertial navigation systems for major aircraft and military helicopters Italian.

Since then, Northrop Grumman Italy has increased its area of expertise and is recognized as an industry leader in the field of military navigation. Enough to remember, among his greatest successes, the Eurofighter Typhoon program – now in its Tranche 3 – or the EH-101 helicopter, or even the ‘AM-X in all versions of Italian and Brazilian, and then the ‘UH -60 Black Hawk, and among the latest hits, the Alenia Aermacchi M-346. This is just to name a few and not to say of the programs still in the development phase.

For this reason, in fact, to design systems that can provide navigation data with increasing accuracy, Northrop Grumman Italy has long been involved in the study of Navigation data derived from purely inertial sensors (gyroscopes and accelerometers) with data generated by other sensors, such as Magnetic Sensors Unit, Air data Computer, Radar Altimeter, Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS).

Since the beginning of GPS satellite navigation, appeared clearly the enormous advantages of integration between narrow inertial navigation and satellite navigation, so much so that in 1988 he was made a first prototype of the integrated inertial / GPS for which has developed a specific Kalman filter.

So, many navigation systems manufactured by Northrop Grumman Italian to integrate their internal GNSS various types, Navstar, GLONAS, SAASM, SPS, including the ability SBAS and already prepared for the next European satellite system Galileo.

Expertise

The Northrop Grumman Italy expertise , ranging from development to production of inertial navigation systems and electronic systems, used in aerospace applications, avionics, land, and maritime missile in all the military applications. The development and production include both the research , design and implementation of experimental models and prototypical demonstration, manufacturing, assembly, integration and testing of production units . In addition, Northrop Grumman Italian designs and manufactures all the electronic equipment necessary for inertial systems testing as well as all additional equipment and complementary parts . The skills also extend to maintenance, repair, calibration, training and logistical support for the use of navigation equipment and related parts .

The great know-how in dealing with the inertial sensor technologies, expertise in software development and experience in designing both mechanical and electronic, are the basis of the success of Northrop Grumman on the Italian market.

It is increasingly consolidated the area of real-time simulation of inertial products that allows you to analyze the dynamic behavior of systems in the face of motion trajectories and thus to verify, at an early stage of product development, the necessary responsiveness to different operational requirements of the aircraft (or vehicle) .

Decades of experience in the field have made it possible to Northrop Grumman Italy to specialize in providing navigation solutions “turnkey ” applications for both aerial and marine or terrestrial, with a particular focus on ensuring the safety of the operator and the reliability of its systems.

Skills and products are summarized as follows:

 

Products

  • Inertial Navigation Systems – INS
  • Attitude & Heading Reference Systems AHRS
  • IMU – Missiles Applications
  • Hybrid Systems INS / AHRS / GPS
  • Rate Sensors

 

Capabilities

  • Development and Production of Navigation Systems for Military Applications
  • Software Development DO- 178B Levels A-D
  • Development Hardware DO-254 Levels A-D
  • Computerized Systems Development and Design CAD
  • Test & Simulation
  • Environmental Tests
  • SMD Assembly Automatic Line
  • Cleanroom Sensor
  • Build to Print (PCB ‘s, Mechanical Gyro )
  • Test Equipment Design and implementation
  • Training
  • Logistic Support

 

Quality Certifications

The Northrop Grumman Italy’s Quality Management System of is certified according to the standards EN 9100: 2009 and ISO 9001:2008 until July 2014.

The Northrop Grumman Italy’s Quality Management System is certified according to the requirements AQAP-2110/2210 (Allied Quality Assurance Publications) until October 2016.
Northrop Grumman Italia also has environmental certification ISO 14001 and ISO 27001 Information Security.

Industry Certifications were also issued by BAE Systems, Agusta Westland, etc

  • COMPONENTS
  • MAINTENANCE, TRANSFORMATION AND OVERHAUL
  • NAVIGATION AIDS
  • PLATFORMS
  • SENSORS
  • EQUIPMENT AND FITTING-OUT MATERIALS
  • FOR AIRBORNE PLATFORMS
  • FOR NAVAL PLATFORMS
  • FOR GROUND PLATFORMS
  • AIRCRAFT PLATFORMS
  • LAND-BASED PLATFORMS
  • NAVAL PLATFORMS
  • SPACECRAFT
  • ELECTRO-OPTICAL, PHOTOGRAMMETRIC SENSORS AND NIGHT/POOR VISIBILITY VISUAL EQUIPMENT
  • for airborne platforms
  • for naval platforms
  • for land-based platforms
  • unmanned reconnaissance aircraft
  • tanks, armoured vehicles, self propelled artilleries
  • amphibious vehicles
  • unarmoured vehicles
  • small submarines
  • avionic sensors, airborne instrumentation