Air Force awards navigation system contract to Northrop Grumman

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. Northrop Grumman Corp. received a $1.39 billion contract from the U.S. Air Force for its embedded GPS system. The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract includes production, sustainment, and engineering technical services in support of its Embedded GPS Inertial Navigation System Modernization (EGI/EGI-M) system.

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The open-systems architecture of EGI/EGI-M incorporates a military code GPS receiver to add clarity to GPS signals, with the primary lead platforms for the new technology expected to be the F-22 and E-2D, according to Northrop Grumman.

The EGI-M system is intended to support the rapid insertion of new capabilities and adaptability based on unique platform requirements. According to the company, the modernized navigation system will incorporate new generation GPS receivers and should transmit the new military signals for use in space.

The system is expected to be integrated into a variety of platforms across the branches of the U.S. military, and developed for foreign military sales customers as well.