Northrop showcases Net-centric systems

Sept. 7, 2010 at 10:05 AM
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LONDON, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman is highlighting its network-centric communications capabilities at this week's International Data Links Symposium in Norway.

"Tactical data links are essential components of integrated information networks and provide the armed forces with the ability to exchange real-time information to ensure close coordination of operations, from secure voice, data and video to picture generation and weapon assignment," said Claude Hashem, vice president and deputy general manager of the Network Communication Systems business unit of Northrop Grumman's Information Systems sector.

"Northrop Grumman's planning and management software is the industry standard for TDL."

The company said it is highlighting network-centric command-and-control systems and data link technologies, including Multi-Link Service Gateway.

MLSG is a modular, scalable data link processor that provides stand-alone platform capability for new and existing platforms, with an upgrade path to Link 16, Link 22 and Variable Message Format tactical data links.

MLSG is suitable for maritime, land and headquarters installations.

Also on show will be Northrop's Tactical Data Link Integration Exerciser, connected to a ViaSat multifunctional information distribution system; the company's airborne executive processor that provides network management for a variety of airborne payloads; its Joint Tactical Command Workstation that gives ground force units above battalion level consistent situational awareness; and C2F, a new command and control architecture that supports net-centric operations by empowering integrators, developers and end users to integrate more easily disparate net-centric systems.

The International Data Links Society's 2010 symposium takes place Wednesday-Friday at Lillestrom, Norway.

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