SAN DIEGO, May 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force has contracted Northrop Grumman for continued operations and support of the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node system.
Under the $48.7 million contract modification, Northrop Grumman will continue providing management, engineering, implementation, test, site and training support.
BACN provides an advanced airborne communications gateway capability to commanders and warfighters, enhancing situational awareness and connecting disparate voice and datalink networks throughout the battlespace.
The Air Force Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., awarded the contract to Northrop Grumman in support of the Air Force Materiel Command.
Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor for the development, fielding and maintenance of the BACN system.
The company was awarded the first BACN contract in April 2005.
Northrop Grumman's work on the BACN program is managed and performed primarily in San Diego.
The Department of Defense and the National Defense Industrial Association selected the BACN Joint Urgent Operational Need program to receive one of the Top 5 Defense Department program awards, which are given annually for excellence in systems engineering.