GD Canada supplies software to NATO

Jan. 8, 2013 at 1:47 PM
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OTTAWA, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- General Dynamics Canada has been contracted to provide software for NATO's Alliance Ground Surveillance program.

The software for the AGS' Communications Ground Control System will help manage communications -- satellite and radio -- between Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles and an operating base in Italy.

GD Canada said the under the $32 million deal with Northrop Grumman it will also will also deliver computer workstations and a Voice over Internet Protocol intercom systems for communications between the operating base and mobile command centers and engineering support for the integration of its software and systems at Northrop Grumman's facilities in the United States and at the base in Italy.

This contract highlights the capabilities of the world-leading communication solutions we have developed through many years of innovation in airborne ISR systems," said David Ibbetson, general manager for General Dynamics Canada. "It showcases Canadian technology that we have successfully deployed on the CP-140 Aurora as part of the Aurora Incremental Modernization Project and on the CH148 Cyclone as part of the Maritime Helicopter Program."

The NATO AGS program, which is led by Northrop Grumman, is a procurement initiative to establish an airborne ground surveillance system.

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