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Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense company headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. Northrop Grumman provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in systems integration, defense electronics, information technology, advanced aircraft, shipbuilding and space technology. With more than 120,000 employees and operations in all 50 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers...[continue]

Northrop Grumman
Electronics Systems Sector
Navigation Systems Division
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Litton's Heritage

Charles Bates "Tex" Thornton founds Electro Dynamics Corporation; one month later, the company changes its name to Litton Industries after acquiring a small electron tube company from Charles Litton
Lightweight inertial navigation system for aircraft becomes operational, paving the way for future success in that area
Installation of a groundbreaking inertial guidance device in Grumman's A-6 Intruder and E-2C Hawkeye, and Lockheed's P-3 Orion. This navigation system becomes Litton's signature product
Litton acquires Western Geophysical Company of America, giving the company a strong position in seismic exploration
Litton purchases Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation, paving the way for stellar success in shipbuilding
More than 10 Litton components are utilized on the 12 two-man flights that compose Project Gemini. The project's purpose is to test astronauts' ability to maneuver spacecraft by manual control, a vital precursor to the Apollo moon missions
Ingalls begins ship production in newly built modular construction facility, a method Ingalls pioneers in the U.S. Modular shipbuilding allows pre-outfitting of the interior prior to the final joining of the sections that form the hull; also this year, the company lands the largest single contract in the history of American shipbuilding -- $2.1 billion for 30 Navy Spruance-class destroyers
Ingalls designs, builds and delivers 41 surface combat ships to the U.S. Navy, more than all other domestic shipyards combined
Litton builds Ticonderoga-class ships with Aegis weapons systems, the most advanced air defense, radar and missile system in the world at the time
The company becomes a major supplier of night vision goggles to the U.S. Army and law enforcement agencies
Litton produces its 20,000th inertial navigation system, a milestone in aviation history
The company creates the first laser radar used in space as part of the U.S. Department of Defense's Strategic Defense Initiative
Litton acquires companies to strengthen its presence in information systems, marine electronics and commercial electronics
The company acquires Avondale shipyard, thus strengthening its position in support vessels and shipbuilding
Acquired by Northrop Grumman

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