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Northrop Grumman Teams-Up With Saab to Make Flight Controls for Euro-Drone

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Northrop Grumman is working with Saab to produce the flight guidance and navigational system for the new Euro-drone.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US defense contractor Northrop Grumman is working with Saab in Sweden to produce the flight guidance and navigational system for the new Euro-drone, or unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV).

"Northrop Grumman Corporation, in cooperation with Saab Aerosystems, has provided the Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS) for the nEUROn UCAV demonstrator, which recently conducted more than 100 test flights in France, Italy and Sweden," Northrop Grumman said in a press release on Monday.

Northrop Grumman's subsidiary in Germany, Northrop Grumman LITEF, supplied the fiber-optic, gyro-compassing AHRS guidance system, the release added.

"The LCR-100 [guidance system] is one of the key components of the sensors suite of nEUROn used for navigation and flight guidance and control. The LCR-100 provides primary flight control information to the… flight control system and Global Navigation Satellite System navigation information," it said.

Dassault Aviation in France is the prime contractor for the nEUROn UCAV, which is an experimental drone that includes government and industry partners from Greece, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

The release noted that the nEUROn air vehicle is the first large-size stealth platform to be designed in Europe.

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