Northrop Grumman to Equip US Marine Corps with Next Generation Handheld Targeting Device
Northrop Grumman to Equip US Marine Corps with Next Generation Handheld Targeting Device

Northrop Grumman to Equip US Marine Corps with Next Generation Handheld Targeting Device

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been selected to provide the U.S. Marine Corps with the Next Generation Handheld Targeting System (NGHTS). This compact targeting device provides unparalleled precision targeting and is capable of operation in GPS-denied environments. Northrop Grumman’s NGHTS is capable of performing rapid target acquisition, laser terminal guidance operation, and laser spot imaging functions. Its high-definition infrared sensors provide accuracy and grid capability over extended ranges. Additional features include a high-definition color display and day/night celestial compasses.

“NGHTS will significantly enhance the ability of Marines to identify ground targets under a wide range of conditions,” said Bob Gough, vice president, navigation, targeting, and survivability, Northrop Grumman. “Connected to military networks, NGHTS can provide superior situational awareness and accurate coordinates for the delivery of effects from beyond the line of sight.”

The systems developed under the second phase of the NGHTS program are designed to replace three legacy systems, incorporating their separate target location, laser spot imaging and laser target designation capabilities into a single, lightweight system. Northrop Grumman has delivered more than 20,000 man-portable target location and designation systems to the Department of Defense. These handheld systems will enable forward observers to quickly and efficiently acquire and designate targets with a high level of precision. Combined with network connectivity, these capabilities will enable more informed and rapid targeting decisions.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is an American multinational aerospace and defense technology company. With 90,000 employees and annual revenue of over $30 billion, it is one of the world’s largest weapons manufacturers and military technology providers. The firm ranks No. 96 on the 2020 Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations. Northrop Grumman is a technology company, focused on global security and human discovery. Our pioneering solutions equip our customers with the capabilities they need to connect, advance, and protect the U.S. and its allies. Driven by a shared purpose to solve our customers’ toughest problems, 90,000 employees define possible every day.

The U.S. Marine Corps has selected Northrop Grumman to provide the Next Generation Handheld Targeting System (NGHTS), a laser-based device that will give Marines an enhanced capability to identify and designate targets from extended ranges.