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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Northrop Grumman to Supply GPS for Embraer KC-390

Northrop Grumman on Tuesday announced it will provide the hybrid GPS and inertial reference system for Embraer’s KC-390 military transport aircraft.

The Falls Church, Va.-based manufacturer’s German subsidiary — Northrop Grumman LITEF — will provide the gyro-compass LCR-100 Attitude and Heading Reference System for the KC-390.

The LCR-100’s gyro-compass feature eliminates the need for a magnetic sensing unit and offers extended coasting performance which allows the aircraft to maintain accuracy in the event of a GPS signal loss.

"The LCR-100 gyro-compass brings efficiencies, savingsand safety to Embraer's KC-390 military transport aircraft," said Eckehardt Keip, managing director for Northrop Grumman LITEF. "This system will meet the exacting standards Embraer sets for its new aircraft."

On Monday Embraer announced it would contract Rohde & Schwartz to provide the airborne transceivers for its KC-390. The Brazilian manufacturer expects to begin serial production of the KC-390 in 2016.

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