Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Army have finished electromagnetic interference/electromagnetic compatibility (EMI/EMC) testing on the first RC-12X Guardrail, bringing this highly-capable signals intelligence (SIGINT) system one step closer to bringing this mission-critical capability to warfighters this year.
When it is deployed, the RC-12X Guardrail will be the Army’s premier airborne SIGINT sensor and ground processing system, providing precision geo-location and identification of threats to enable the Brigade Combat Team’s Find, Fix, Finish, Exploit, Analyze and Disseminate (F3EAD) battle command process. The RC-12X Guardrail brings enhanced capabilities to the system enabling warfighters to sense and eliminate rapidly evolving irregular and conventional warfare threats. The program also includes significant hardware and software improvements, improving sustainability in the field.
Trip Carter, director for Northrop Grumman’s Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (AISR) initiatives, said of the “This test is a major milestone both for the Army and for Northrop Grumman as we work toward fielding the improved system in 2010. Our RC-12X Guardrail team is working closely with the Army to ensure that we deploy highly reliable SIGINT capabilities into operations on cost and schedule to fulfill the warfighter’s most challenging missions.”
Delivery of the system is currently scheduled summer 2010, and the completion of this testing brings Northrop Grumman one step closer to that goal. Further testing is underway in Northrop Grumman’s Systems Integration Labs (SILs) in Sacramento, California.