Northrop Grumman Corporation
) has introduced the Fourth Generation Tracking Adjunct Sensor
(4G TAS) for its Hawk air defense system. The company's
Electronic Systems business is responsible for this new product
The new 4G TAS is a steady and high-resolution sensor system. It
offers passive electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) initiating,
tracking and investigating competence to Hawk. In addition, this
new system provides risk-measurement and detection ability away
from the visual range by giving 24 hours real-time positional
alertness, and passes them to Hawk's fire control radar.
Northrop Grumman's improvements to the baseline arrangements
include a new 640 x 480 pixel infrared sensor. This new sensor
has more than double the resolution capacity of the current
system. In addition, it has a new Charge-Coupled Device (CCD)
camera, which increases resolution and enhances actions under
Over the years, Northrop Grumman has a long-standing business
association with the U.S. defense establishments and tries to
meet its commitments in terms of maintaining product and service
standards along with delivery timing.
We believe Northrop Grumman introduced this new system due to a
rise in security compromises and terrorist activities. The U.S.
government has currently increased its focus on countering these
threats. As an important provider of sensor solutions to the U.S.
government as well as its international allies, the company
strives to maintain its track record by upgrading TAS in order to
strengthen its defense mechanism. The company has been a trusted
partner of numerous federal bodies for more than 30 years. It has
to date delivered several kinds of sensors, which have acted as
the eyes of the Hawk air defense system.
Falls Church, VA-based Northrop Grumman offers products,
services, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information
systems, and technical services worldwide.
Northrop Grumman's strength lies in its strong order backlog,
which stood at $40.8 billion for full year-2012. Moreover, its
cyber security offering, constant upgrading of defense and
homeland security assets, intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance systems, advanced electronics and software
development businesses are expected to be the major top-line
churners, going forward.
However, these positives are offset by apprehensions over the
future growth of the U.S. defense budget and risks related to key
project executions and order cancellations.
Northrop Grumman Corporation currently has a Zacks Rank #3
(Hold). Other stocks from the sector that are presently
performing better include
Lockheed Martin Corporation
) with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), and
The Boeing Company
) with a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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