Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) has won a potential three-year, $43 million contract to install new operator workstations and signal processor computers for U.S. Air Force surveillance aircraft.
The company will also implement a Linux-based architecture for the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft, trainers and laboratories as part of efforts to increase bandwidth for users, the company said Wednesday.
Bryan Lima, Joint STARS program director at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, said the open-architecture technology is intended to help the Air Force counter emerging threats and identify hostile forces.
Joint STARS planes function as the Air Force’s command, control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platform for war and surveillance operations.
The planes work to track targets in order to help the U.S. and allied forces execute attacks.