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January 13, 2014

Northrop Grumman Awarded Contract by US Marine Corps to Support Tactical Air Operations

The U.S. marine corps has awarded Northrop Grumman (News - Alert) Corporation with a contract to provide post-production life cycle support for mobile command, control and communications systems. The latter a global security company serves both government and commercial customers by providing unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics solutions.

The contract valued at $7.3 million entails Northrop Grumman to deliver life cycle support to the AN/TYQ-23(V) 4 tactical air operations module (TAOM) and related subsystems.

Ike Song, vice president, situational awareness systems, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems said, “As the original equipment manufacturer of the AN/TYQ-23, Northrop Grumman has supported changing needs in the command and control arena for more than 40 years. We are committed to providing continuing support that will maximize performance and warfighter safety.”

The TAOM module will serve as a transportable command, control and communications facility that works along with the AN/TYQ-87(V) 2 sector anti-air warfare facility and peripheral equipment. The systems will help in surveillance, identification, threat evaluation, weapons coordination, airspace management and communications, said officials.

The systems form the hub of the marine corps tactical air operations center which enables the critical airspace control and management capabilities for the marines. The TOAM includes computers and digital voice communications systems that deliver command and control functions.

Also Northrop Grumman is expected to support and upgrade the circuit card assemblies in addition to the software and hardware of the command and control systems in order to optimize the tactical air operation center’s functioning. Also enhancements to the software that supports the multi-radar tracker and data communications unit will be provided.

Recently Northrop Grumman Corporation transformed a satellite communications system normally used in space into a high-functioning, low-cost communications system that can be used on aircrafts.

The satellite communications (SATCOM) system was successfully demonstrated on board the company’s Firebird demonstrator aircraft. This system provides beyond the line of sight capabilities in a compact, lightweight, low-profile package.

Edited by Ryan Sartor

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