Northrop Grumman to Supply Land Navigation Systems for Germany's New Boxer Multi-Role Armored Vehicle

Released on Monday, October 5, 2009
Boxer APC
BMS - Battlefield Management System
BWB - Bundesamt für Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung
GPS - Global Positioning System
MEMS - Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems
FREIBURG, Germany, Oct. 5, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a contract by the German Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement (BWB) to deliver the first 257 inertial navigation units for the German Bundeswehr's new Boxer multi-role armoured vehicle. The LLN-GY units will be built by the company's German navigation systems subsidiary, Northrop Grumman LITEF.

The LLN-GY is a hybrid land navigation system based on a state-of-the-art fibre-optic gyro and micro-electromechanical (MEMS) accelerometers developed and manufactured by Northrop Grumman LITEF in Freiburg, Germany. Combining inertial sensors with an odometer and Global Positioning System (GPS) data, the LLN-GY provides accurate and uninterrupted position and attitude data for vehicle commanders and crews. Interfacing with the German battlefield management systems (BMS), the LLN-GY navigation system guarantees higher reliability and accuracy of actual position data within the BMS, compared to a stand-alone GPS solution.

"Unjammable situational awareness and precise indication of direction to waypoints are safety critical information for the commander, the driver and the infantry crew of the Boxer," said Norbert Sandner, director of marketing and sales for Northrop Grumman LITEF. "This contract for the series production phase of the Boxer reflects the confidence of the German Army in the performance of our LLN-GY navigation system."

The Boxer armoured transport vehicle is a highly mobile 8x8 wheeled vehicle whose modular design enables a range of mission-specific applications from transporting troops and serving as a field ambulance to combat engineering or tactical communications. The Boxer is being built as the next generation of armoured vehicle for the armies of both Germany and the Netherlands under a cooperative programme between the two nations. Northrop Grumman LITEF will deliver the miniaturized LLN-GY inertial navigation system for use in both nations' vehicles. The LLN-GY system has already been provided for the German-Dutch Fennek light armoured reconnaissance vehicle.

Northrop Grumman LITEF is a leading supplier of inertial sensors, inertial reference and inertial navigation systems and computers with products deployed in more than 30 countries in aircraft, naval and ground mobile applications worldwide. The company's land navigation systems are used by the armed forces of more than 20 countries, from 4x4 reconnaissance vehicles to main battle tanks.

Source: Northrop Grumman to Supply Land Navigation Systems for Germany's New Boxer Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle

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