Northrop Grumman wins $252M deal to equip US Marines with next-gen handheld targeting device

US-based aerospace company Northrop Grumman Corporation has been selected to provide the US Marine Corps with the next-generation handheld targeting system (NGHTS). 

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As disclosed, NGHTS is capable of performing rapid target acquisition, laser terminal guidance operation and laser spot imaging functions. Its high-definition infrared sensors provide accuracy and grid capability over extended ranges.

Additional features include a high-definition color display and day/night celestial compasses, the company noted. The device is also capable of operation in GPS-denied environments.

“NGHTS will significantly enhance the ability of Marines to identify ground targets under a wide range of conditions,” said Bob Gough, vice president, navigation, targeting and survivability, Northrop Grumman.

“Connected to military networks, NGHTS can provide … situational awareness and accurate coordinates for the delivery of effects from beyond the line of sight.”

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The contract is a follow-on to the NGHTS Other Transaction Authority (OTA) agreement, awarded in September 2018. The latest deal is valued at $252 million.

Work will be performed in Apopka, Florida, and is expected to be completed by February 2030. 

Recently, the company has been awarded a $153 million deal for full-rate production (FRP) of lots 10 and 11 of the AGM-88E2 advanced anti-radiation guided missile (AARGM) for the US Navy.

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