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PARTNERING WITH AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRY
orthrop Grumman Corporation has provided more than
US100 million dollars in contracts to Australian-based
companies in just over 4 years. It is clear the company has
considerable faith in local industry and is prepared to back
that faith with investment.
Northrop Grumman, one of the top three defence companies in the
United States, has quietly set about building a presence in Australia.
The company has been operating in Australia, in one corporate form or
another, for decades, but over recent year’s activity and investment has
been on a steady increase.
Led by Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems sector, and followed
by Aerospace Systems sector and others, the company has been building
its local presence by partnering with Australian industry. Northrop
Grumman is committed to using Australian capabilities where they exist
and to fostering the development of indigenous capabilities where this
One of the most notable examples of this investment is Northrop
Grumman’s on-going relationship with CEA Technologies. Northrop
Grumman acquired a significant shareholding of CEA in March 2006.
Both companies saw strategic advantage in this decision. CEA has a
well-earned reputation as a specialist in digital phased-array radar.
In particular, CEA developed the CEAFAR radar for the Anzac Class
frigates installed as part of the recent Anti-Ship Missile Defence Upgrade
program. Northrop Grumman and CEA are jointly pursuing US and other
international radar opportunities.
CEA is a potential subcontractor to Northrop Grumman for the
provision of the on-going in-service support for the MESA radar system
on Australia’s Wedgetail AEW&C. Success in this venture could see CEA
develop their capabilities in the aerospace domain as a complement
to their maritime domain expertise. Increasing international sales of
MESA technologies will see a corresponding increase
in opportunities for CEA to export its expertise and
Northrop Grumman has also recognised the unique
capabilities and technical expertise of Electro Optic
Systems (EOS) Australia. Located in Canberra, EOS
specializes in the development of advanced remote
weapons stations and, laser and optical space tracking
systems. On the space side, Northrop Grumman and EOS
are working on a number of research and development
The big pole in the tent is Northrop Grumman and
EOS partnering to compete for the US Army’s Common
Remotely Operated Weapons Station (CROWS 3) program
to produce up to 10,000 remote weapons stations for
armoured vehicles. Under CROWS 3, the US Army plans
to equip its entire inventory of tactical vehicles making
the total program worth as much as $US4 billion.
The Sperry Marine component of Northrop Grumman
has a contractual relationship with Electrotech Australia
for provision of support to the increasing number of
Sperry Marine systems being installed across the RAN
fleet. As the LHD and AWD systems come on line,
with their Sperry Marine systems installed, such as the
CEA’s ASMD solution
Credit: CEA Technologies
MESA radar on Wedgetail
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