Goodrich Corporation (ticker: GR, exchange: New York Stock Exchange (.N))
News Release -
(Farnborough 2004) Northrop Grumman Selects Goodrich Air Data System for the Joint-Unmanned Combat Air Systems X-47B Air Vehicle
CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Goodrich Corporation (NYSE: GR)
has been selected by Northrop Grumman to provide the air data system for the
Joint-Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS) X-47B air vehicle. The Northrop
Grumman X-47B air data system provides all the necessary air data information
required by the air vehicle.
"The X-47B J-UCAS selection demonstrates the market preference for new and
innovative air data architectures," said Don Reynolds, Vice President of
Goodrich Sensor Systems. "Our systems integration role during joint-concept
development will help ensure program success and deliver an optimum system for
The X-47B air data system will employ Goodrich SmartPort(TM) technology
which results in several benefits over traditional air data systems. By
integrating multi-function sensing ports, pressure sensors and processing
capability, the total number of discrete sensor installations is reduced,
reliability is significantly improved, and overall weight is decreased.
The J-UCAS X-47B program is a Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency/U.S. Air Force/U.S. Navy/Northrop Grumman effort to demonstrate the
technical feasibility, military utility and operational value of a networked
system of unmanned air vehicles for both the Air Force and the Navy.
Operational missions for the services may include suppression of enemy air
defenses; electronic attack; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance;
and strike. Boeing is also developing a J-UCAS air vehicle designated as the
Goodrich was also recently chosen to provide an electrically actuated
braking system for the new RQ-4B production versions of a high altitude, long-
endurance, unmanned reconnaissance vehicle -- Northrop Grumman's "Global
Hawk." The electric braking system is based on an existing Goodrich wheel and
brake design modified for electric rather than hydraulic actuation.
In addition, earlier this year Goodrich was also selected to provide laser
altimeters and SmartPort(TM) air data sensors for other unmanned platforms as
Goodrich Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a leading global supplier
of systems and services to the aerospace and defense industry. If there's an
aircraft in the sky - we're on it. Goodrich technology is involved in making
aircraft fly ... helping them land ... and keeping them safe. Serving a
global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and service
facilities, Goodrich is one of the largest aerospace companies in the world.
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SOURCE GR - Electronic Systems