Pilots and crew of the U.S. Navy's F/A-18E
/F and E-2C aircraft will continue to get accurate position and targeting information for carrier-based operations through a contract for 55 LN-92 aircraft inertial navigation systems (INS) from Northrop Grumman Corporation's Navigation Systems Division.
The self-contained LN-92 INS provides aircraft position, velocity, acceleration, heading and attitude information. "Our Navigation Systems Division has been the premier supplier of the Navy carrier
aircraft INS systems through four generations of technology and
for over four decades," said Louis Patalano, Northrop Grumman LN-92
"The LN-92 performed superbly in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Our
customers continue to be pleased with its performance, which exceeds
current contract requirements and demonstrates the high reliability of
Under terms of the $9 million contract, the Navigation Systems
Division will supply its LN-92 inertial navigation unit and mount for
the Navy's F/A-18E/F and E-2C aircraft.
Inertial navigation system deliveries will take place over a
12-month period between August 2004 and July 2005. The contract
contains an option for 50 additional systems. More than 2,122 LN-92s
have been ordered and 1,950 have been shipped under three previous