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Northrop wins command-and-control work

Feb. 11, 2011 at 6:37 AM

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Marine Corps picked a Northrop Grumman unit in California for a key phase of a project to improve command, control and coordination of air operations.

The Marines' Common Aviation Command and Control System program will modernize the Marine Corps' air command-and-control system with an integrated, open, modular and scalable system.

CAC2S Phase II will provide real time processing and control of radar data and near real time tactical data link communications processing. The Phase II sensor data system will be integrated with the previously developed Phase I components to provide a robust aviation C2 capability.

Under the $5 million demonstration contract awarded by the Marine Corps Systems Command Northrop will provide an integrated Phase I/Phase II solution for customer evaluation.

"We're aiming to accelerate the delivery of a modular, scalable and mission-adaptable tactical capability to the Marine Corps aviation community," said Mike Twyman, vice president of integrated command, control, communications and intelligence systems for Northrop Grumman's Information Systems sector.

"To optimize an open-architecture system that reduces total ownership costs, we'll apply our Modular Open Systems Approach-Competitive model. To drive down risk and ensure rapid fielding of the capability, our CAC2S prototype will integrate Technology Readiness Level 8 products."

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