Northrop Grum­man’s hand­held pre­ci­sion tar­get­ing de­vices to US Army


The US Army has awarded a con­tract to Northrop Grum­man to sup­ply hand­held pre­ci­sion tar­get­ing de­vices (HHPTDs). The HHPTD is an ad­vanced tar­get­ing sys­tem weigh­ing less than 5.5 pounds and pro­vid­ing a greater de­gree of pre­ci­sion than pre­vi­ous sys­tems. To sup­ply the ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion needed on the mod­ern bat­tle­field, the de­vice in­cor­po­rates a ce­les­tial nav­i­ga­tion mod­ule. De­vices such as the HHPTD al­low forces on the ground to re­lay ac­cu­rate tar­get­ing data to air­craft and com­mand cen­tres. Un­der the terms of the $9.2mil­lion con­tract, Northrop Grum­man will sup­ply the sys­tems over a three-year pe­riod.

“With the HHPTD, we have used the ex­pe­ri­ence we gained from the pro­duc- tion of the light­weight laser des­ig­na­tor rangefinder IIH to cre­ate a smaller, more light­weight tar­get­ing sys­tem,” said Gor­don Ste­wart, Vice Pres­i­dent and Gen­eral Man­ager of the laser sys­tems busi­ness unit. “The HHPTD puts the tar­get­ing ac­cu­racy needed for to­day’s pre­ci­sion GPS mu­ni­tions in the hands of the warfighter.”

Northrop Grum­man has de­liv­ered more than 25,000 elec­tro-op­tic laser sys­tems. Cur­rently de­ployed and in-pro­duc­tion sys­tems in­clude man-por­ta­ble prod­ucts such as the light­weight laser des­ig­na­tor rangefinder IIH and the Mark VII and Mark VIIE laser tar­get lo­ca­tors; ground ve­hi­cle prod­ucts such as the M1 Abrams eye-safe laser rangefinder and the sight in­te­grated rangefinder for Stryker ve­hi­cles; and air­borne prod­ucts such as the tar­get ac­qui­si­tion des­ig­na­tion sight for the AH-64 Apache and lasers for un­manned ae­rial ve­hi­cles and he­li­copters; and Viper coun­ter­mea­sure lasers for the AN/AAQ-24(V) di­rec­tional in­frared coun­ter­mea­sures sys­tem used to pro­tect sol­diers from the threat of in­frared-guided mis­siles.

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