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USMC releases new Northrop software for use

Aug. 21, 2013 at 2:08 PM   |   Comments

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. Marine Corps has released advanced software for electromagnetic spectrum situational awareness and operations.

Called SPEED -- Systems Planning, Engineering and Evaluation Device -- the system allows communications personnel to plan, model and analyze radio and jammer effects in a defined electromagnetic spectrum to overcome possible communications degradation or problems in interoperability.

The software was originally developed for the Marine Corps by Northrop Grumman. An earlier version has been used by the Marines, other services within the U.S. Department of Defense and joint operations and other U.S. federal agencies since 1988. It has supported numerous joint operations and disaster response operations.

The advanced Version 11.1.1 adds 3-D mapping and mission planning capabilities, including frequency-dependent rejection interference analysis, enhanced jammer modeling and effectiveness prediction.

"Northrop Grumman is proud of its development and advancement of this critical planning capability, particularly as the electromagnetic battlefield grows increasingly complex and the use of the electromagnetic spectrum becomes increasingly essential to warfighters," said Mike Twyman, sector vice president and general manager of the Defense Systems division for Northrop Grumman Information Systems. "This recent software release is especially important because it represents significant advancements in both front-end user experience and back-end modeling and simulation. This software provides critical integrated functionality that can support both Marine Corps and Army spectrum management and electronic warfare requirements."

The new version software is now a government off-the-shelf product available to government agencies.

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