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Northrop Picks Telephonics Radar for Fire Scout UAV

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Fire Scout Program Selects Telephonics’ AN/ZPY-4(V)1 Radar

(Source: Telephonics Corporation; issued January 8, 2013)


FARMINGDALE, N.Y. --- Telephonics Corporation (Telephonics), a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation (GFF), announced today that its AN/ZPY-4(V)1 multi-mode maritime surveillance radar was selected by Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems for use on the US Navy’s MQ-8B Vertical Take-Off and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV) as part of the US Navy Fire Scout radar “Rapid Deployment Capability” program.

For the MQ-8B platform, the radar is configured to uniquely enable the VTUAV to conduct broad area intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions from land and surface ships. The radar will be integrated to enable remote ground or sea-based control by US Navy operators. In conjunction with the on-board electro-optical sensor, the radar will markedly increase the VTUAV surveillance area rate coverage and operator efficiency.

“The integration of the AN/ZPY-4(V)1 multi-mode radar onto the MQ-8B Fire Scout will bring an all-weather sensor that provides wide area situational awareness capability to the platform,” said Mr. Kevin McSweeney, Telephonics’ Chief Operating Officer. “The AN/ZPY-4(V)1 will provide enhanced ISR benefits to the US Navy while performing sea and land based unmanned operations.”


Telephonics specializes in aircraft intercommunication systems, wireless communication systems, radars, identification friend or foe products, integrated security systems, air traffic management systems, aerospace electronics, and the performance of threat and radar system analyses. (ends)


Northrop Grumman, Navy Select Telephonics Corporation to Provide Radar for Fire Scout Unmanned Aerial System

(Source: Northrop Grumman Corp.; issued January 8, 2013)

SAN DIEGO --- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NOC), under contract to the U.S. Navy, has selected Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation (GFF), Long Island, N.Y., to provide a multimode maritime radar system for the Navy's MQ-8B Fire Scout vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicle.

A $33 million contract was awarded to provide the development, production, integration and testing of nine radar systems. The new Telephonics RDR-1700B+ radar will give the MQ-8B Fire Scout critical wide-area search and long-range imaging capability to complement the focused capabilities of its current electro-optical infrared payload.

Northrop Grumman is the Navy's prime contractor for Fire Scout, the only vertical unmanned aerial system program of record. The Navy put the company under contract to assess and select a radar system that would best match the MQ-8B Fire Scout's maritime operational requirements.

"This radar selection is a significant milestone for the Fire Scout program and represents a significant expansion in capability for our Navy customer," said George Vardoulakis, vice president of tactical unmanned systems for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. "Integrating this Telephonics radar with Fire Scout's other sensors and systems will give the Navy unprecedented situational awareness in a tactical environment, and will significantly change how threats are addressed."

"We are pleased to be partnered with Northrop Grumman in adding this essential operational capability to Fire Scout," said Joseph Battaglia, Telephonics' chief executive officer. "We're looking forward to working with both Northrop Grumman and the Navy to integrate this new advanced radar system on the MQ-8B as soon as possible."


Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cybersecurity, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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