Northrop Grumman to provide avionics cockpit control system for P-8A aircraft survivability

LAKEHURST, N.J. – Military avionics integrators at Northrop Grumman Corp. needed a cockpit control unit to integrate an aircraft survivability equipment sensor and other aircraft core functions aboard the U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. They found their solution from Terma North America Inc. in Arlington, Va.

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LAKEHURST, N.J. – Military avionics integrators at Northrop Grumman Corp. needed a cockpit control unit to integrate an aircraft survivability equipment sensor and other aircraft core functions aboard the U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. They found their solution from Terma North America Inc. in Arlington, Va.

Officials of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division in Lakehurst, N.J., have announced a $14.3 million contract to the Northrop Grumman Mission Systems segment in Rolling Meadows, Ill., for 38 Terma ALQ-213 electronic warfare management systems for the P-8A aircraft.

Terma’s ALQ-213(V) electronic warfare management unit offers a non-ITAR controller for a military aircraft survivability equipment (ASE) suite, which provides automatic threat reaction and decision support algorithms and on-board training for P-8A aircraft crews.

This contract comprises 27 ALQ-213 tactical threat displays for the U.S. Navy; three for the United Kingdom; eight for Australia, as well as 29 OMNI blade antennas for U.S. Navy; two for the United Kingdom; and eight for Australia.

Related: Boeing to build 17 P-8A surveillance and reconnaissance planes in $2.2 billion order

The contract also involves component and system level software and hardware integration and testing prior to system delivery. Northrop Grumman and Terma agreed in 2007 to cooperate on airborne electronic warfare products and projects. Terma North America is the U.S. holding company for the North American activities of Terma A/S in Lystrup, Denmark.

P 8a 31 March 2017The low-power ALQ-213(V) electronic warfare management unit uses no forced air cooling, has a dual-core PowerPC microprocessor and a large field programmable gate array (FPGA). The unit also has a Wind River VxWorks operating system.

The Terma ALQ-213(V) has an expansion slot for drop-in of one special purpose circuit cards. The expansion slot provides a fast PCI express interface to the dual-core CPU and can be supported by a dedicated external connector, with minimal impact to the unit design.

The electronic warfare management unit typically integrates several aircraft survivability equipment sensors and effectors typically via one or more MIL-STD-1553B data buses and discrete and serial interfaces.

Related: Is the Navy's P-8A Poseidon evolving into a multi-sensor strategic reconnaissance plane?

The electronic warfare management unit can integrate cockpit multi-function display and control units or provide graphical human interaction via terma’s advanced threat display.

The electronic warfare management unit can integrate available sources for time, position, and attitude data to provide low-latency data in any required format to aircraft survivability equipment systems and functions.

On this contract Northrop Grumman will do the work in Rolling Meadows, Ill.; Seattle; Jacksonville Naval Air Station, Fla.; Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, Wash.; Lossimouth, Scotland; and Edinburgh, Australia, and should be finished by February 2020.

For more information contact Northrop Grumman Mission Systems online at www.northropgrumman.com, Terma North America at www.terma.com, or the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division-Lakehurst at www.navair.navy.mil.

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