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Northrop Grumman Delivers Over 100,000 Artillery Precision Guidance Kits for US Army

PLYMOUTH, Minnesota – September 28, 2022 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) today announced that it has exceeded production and delivered more than 100,000 Precision Guide Kits (PGK) for 155 mm artillery projectiles. A US Army program, PGK replaces the standard fuze for conventional projectiles currently in storage, turning them into GPS-guided precision weapons.

A US Army program, Northrop Grumman’s innovative PGK combines GPS and rocket guidance functions for an all-in-one conventional artillery device that provides conventional artillery projectiles the ability to consistently outperform the aim of the army program in terms of accuracy. (Credit: Northrop Grumman)

“PGK accuracy provides a critical capability for artillery units, enabling forces to quickly achieve mission success by reducing the number of hits needed to defeat targets,” said Dave Fine, vice president of systems. armaments, Northrop Grumman. “Throughout our 100,000 deliveries, we have maintained superior performance, exceeding Army goals for accuracy and reliability.”

Recently, the company incorporated user feedback to add a selectable failsafe feature that prevents detonation if the PGK predicts the projectile will exceed the selected miss distance in flight. The company is also nearing completion of the qualification events necessary to implement GPS M-Code, which will enable PGK to defend against existing and emerging threats to GPS, such as jamming.

Once implemented, PGK will be one of the largest production programs within the U.S. Department of Defense to incorporate this critical capability that allows authorized users to acquire two GPS satellite signals for superior positioning accuracy. .

Northrop Grumman continues to advance PGK technology to meet the Army’s future needs. These investments include creating PGK compatibility for the Army’s latest developments in cannon artillery systems and long-range projectiles, as well as the ability to operate in GPS-degraded conditions.

Northrop Grumman is a technology company focused on global security and human discovery. Our pioneering solutions give our customers the capabilities they need to connect, advance and protect the United States and its allies. Driven by a common goal of solving our customers’ toughest problems, our 90,000 employees define the possible every day.