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Northrop Grumman secures Air Force BACN support deal till 2027

EditorAhmed Abdulazez Abdulkadir
Published 2024/06/06, 15:54
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SAN DIEGO – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a task order by the U.S. Air Force to continue operations, sustainment, and support for the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) until January 2027. The BACN system is essential for enabling communication and data interoperability among various military systems, platforms, and sensors.

The task order encompasses ongoing operations and maintenance for the BACN system's current and future payloads, associated ground stations or controls, ancillary and support equipment, as well as system integration laboratories. Additionally, the BACN platform will participate in four major force customer exercises annually throughout the task order's duration.

Kevin Berkowitz, Vice President of Secure Processing and Networks at Northrop Grumman, highlighted the critical role of BACN in modern warfare, stating, "The battlespace is becoming increasingly complex, and the data interoperability BACN provides between legacy and emerging systems will be critical to future mission success." He emphasized the company's commitment to delivering capabilities that address the evolving threats faced by their customers.

BACN, first deployed in 2008 in response to a Joint Urgent Operational Need, is a high-altitude, airborne communications technology that facilitates the translation and distribution of imagery, voice, and tactical data across different platforms and domains. It enhances situational awareness, communications, and coordination for joint warfighters operating across all domains. BACN payloads integrated on Bombardier (OTC:BDRBF) E-11 aircraft provide critical communications support to the Air Force and its partner missions.

The system is recognized for its open architecture design, cyber-secure processing, and compatibility with advanced technologies, making it an indispensable asset for Combined Joint All-Domain Command and Control.

Northrop Grumman, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, is a leader in global aerospace and defense technology, known for equipping customers with essential capabilities for connecting and protecting the world.

This announcement is based on a press release statement from Northrop Grumman.

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