The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has granted a $33.2-million extension to an existing Northrop Grumman contract involving the second phase of the Advanced Rotary Wing Multifunction Sensor (ARMS), Multifunction RF program. Phase II is focused on the design and construction of units leading up to a tower demonstration of controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) sensor and a multifunction sensor package. The second phase also covers integration of radar data into the synthetic vision (SVS) avionics backbone. It will build on the design of a multiple sub-array aperture developed during Phase 1. Work is scheduled to take place at Northrop Grumman’s facility in Linthicum Heights, Md. (estimated at around 80 percent), with the remaining one-fifth conducted in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The DARPA contract runs until Sept. 30, 2014.
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