Video: Northrop Grumman shortens the kill chain



  

Monday I attended a briefing at the Northrop Grumman media chalet hosted by the company’s Rotorcraft Avionics Innovation Laboratory. The lab has created a software upgrade for Northrop’s APR 39 radar warning receiver that transforms this piece of equipment into an electronic suite controller. Virtually all American helicopters have an APR 39, and putting it to dual use increases neither weight or power consumption.

The benefit of the controller, as shown in this video provided to journalists by Northrop, is its ability to show information about various threats on a single MFD screen or whatever format the user desires. The upgrade also allows the APR 39 to pass on threat information to other platforms. This, says Northrop, helps to “shorten the kill chain.”

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