Northrop Grumman has displayed the ability to conduct simultaneous multi-function military missions, marking continued progress as part of the US Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) Integrated Topside (InTop) programme.

The demonstrations, which were held in October and November last year at the Naval Research Labs Chesapeake Bay Detachment facility, saw electronic warfare, information operations, and communications missions being conducted simultaneously.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems vice-president Todd Leavitt said: "These demonstrations are evidence of our continued progress developing innovative technologies to help the navy dominate the RF spectrum.

" The technologies developed through InTop continue to reduce risk and support technology development for critical navy programmes."

"The technologies developed through InTop continue to reduce risk and support technology development for critical navy programmes."

The company was contracted by the US Navy’s ONR for a value of $69m to support the navy’s InTop programme, which required the company to continue designing, developing and incorporating an advanced development model (ADM).

The ADM employs a common, open, modular and scalable hardware and software platform to support a range of functions, including electronic warfare, line-of-sight communications, and information operations for shipboard application.

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The suite is said to replace the topside antennas, which are currently being used on modern ships, consequently enhancing bandwidth and resolve electromagnetic interference and compatibility issues through the use of advanced electronically scanned array (AESA) technologies.

The system is designed to provide a platform to multi-function, multi-band, multi-beam wide-band arrays aimed at enhancing functionality and reducing noise, size, weight, and cost.