Northrop To Provide Navigation Systems For Cessna's New Business Jet
By Jim Douglas
May 19, 2012 - Cessna Aircraft Company has selected
Northrop Grumman Corporation navigation and global
positioning systems for the new Citation Latitude
business jet. The LCR-100 and LCR-100N fiber-optic
inertial navigation systems global positioning systems
(INS/GPS) are developed by Northrop Grumman.
Cessna Citation Latitude was announced at the annual
NBAA convention in October, 2011. It was launched as a
larger aircraft than the Cessna Citation XLS+ and
cheaper than the Cessna Citation Sovereign. The aircraft
will seat 9, and feature twin Pratt & Whitney Canada
PW306D turbofan engines. Like other Citations, the
Citation Latitude will feature a cruciform tail and all
Under the contract, Northrop Grumman will provide the fiber optic gyro compass LCR-100 Attitude and Heading Reference System and the LCR-100N Hybrid Navigator for the Citation Latitude aircraft. Cessna's certification of both products for the Citation Latitude offers customers greater flexibility and the choice between two form and fit compatible units.
This follows last year's announcement at the National Business
Aviation Association Annual Meeting and Convention that Cessna
had selected Northrop Grumman's LCR-100N Hybrid Navigator for
the Citation Ten business jet.
"The LCR-100 and LCR-100N offer improved performance and cost
savings for Cessna's new business jets," said Eckehardt Keip,
managing director for Northrop Grumman LITEF. "The LCR-100
product family with Hybrid Navigation provides a versatile
solution to meet the demands of the evolving commercial
marketplace and to support the precise navigation needed for
Required Navigation Performance airspace."
The LCR-100 and its enhanced version, the LCR-100N, provide
navigation information regarding the aircraft's position,
heading and attitude. The gyro-compass feature eliminates the
need for a magnetic sensing unit, similar to an inertial
reference system. The products offer extended coasting
performance that allows the aircraft to maintain accuracy and
continue to provide navigation information in the event of GPS
Under a separate multiyear contract, Northrop Grumman began test program deliveries of the LCR-100N for Cessna's Citation Ten jet in the second half of 2011. A successful first flight of the Citation Ten with the LCR-100N occurred in January 2012. Production deliveries will commence this year. The LCR-100 and LCR-100N are part of the company's inertial Hybrid Navigators product line, which includes the forthcoming LCR-110.
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