Northrop Demonstrate 'Silent Watch' System

Press Release
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Northrop Grumman successfully demonstrate operation of system for surface vessels to sense & track threats

A team of Northrop Grumman Corporation engineers recently successfully demonstrated the capability of the company's Silent Watch Electro-Optical Infrared (EO/IR) Distributed Aperture System (DAS) to enable a surface vessel to sense and track threats.

The maritime applications of the EO/DAS involved the strategic placement of multiple EO/IR sensors onboard the Sperry Star III research vessel, a Northrop Grumman Naval and Marine Systems surface ship test platform. The test demonstration proved that, when employed at sea, high resolution, near-real-time images generated by Silent Watch can be displayed and relayed to friendly forces.

The Silent Watch EO/DAS was originally designed and developed by Northrop Grumman to provide 360-degree situational awareness for F-35 pilots. The innovative threat warning system may soon provide invaluable situational awareness for manned and unmanned surface and submarine platform applications.

Aboard the Sperry Star III, Silent Watch tracked surface and airborne targets autonomously. The system uses multiple sensors to provide a seamless, hemispherical (360-degree) day or night picture with exceptional resolution capabilities. It can autonomously detect and track surface ships and aircraft plus potential threats such as ballistic and cruise missiles. Silent Watch can also significantly improve watchstander awareness.

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