Northrop Grumman Delivers 8,000th LN-100 Inertial Navigation System

By Caroline Rees / 23 May 2013

LN-100G Inertial Navigation SystemNorthrop Grumman Corporation has achieved a significant milestone by delivering its 8,000th LN-100 inertial navigation system (INS), which provides primary and backup navigation information for a variety of airborne and shipboard platforms.

“After 20 years of continuous production, our LN-100 product continues to provide reliable, high performance to a broad customer community while evolving with emerging needs,” said Gorik Hossepian, vice president of Northrop Grumman’s Navigation and Positioning Systems business unit.

Kamal Joshi, an engineer at Northrop Grumman, tests the LN-100 inertial navigation system, which provides primary and backup navigation information for a variety of airborne and shipboard platforms.

Kamal Joshi, an engineer at Northrop Grumman, tests the LN-100 inertial navigation system, which provides primary and backup navigation information for a variety of airborne and shipboard platforms.

In production since March 1993, the LN-100 has been delivered to more than 70 customers worldwide and is in use on both tactical and transport aircraft, including U.S. Navy and Air Force platforms such as the F/A-18 Hornet, F-22 Raptor, MH-60 Seahawk, P-3 Orion, EA-6B Prowler, E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System, RC-135, T-45 Goshawk and multiple foreign military platforms. Northrop Grumman’s LN-100 is also utilized aboard remotely piloted aircraft, including the RQ-4 Global Hawk and MQ-1 Predator, as well as multiple shipboard platforms.

The LN-100 is a non-dithered GPS-aided inertial navigation system (INS) that utilizes Northrop Grumman’s Zero-lock™ gyro (ZLG™) technology. Optimally combining INS and selective availability/anti-spoofing module-compliant GPS features, the LN-100 provides a tightly integrated solution for enhanced position, velocity, attitude and pointing performance. The system features hybrid GPS/INS, free-inertial, and GPS-only navigation solutions.

Northrop Grumman has experience in developing and supporting all current production gyro technologies. Besides its unique Zero-lock™ gyros, it produces spinning mass gyros, ring laser gyros, fiber-optic gyros, micro electro-mechanical system gyros and hemispheric resonator gyros.

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