Northrop GrummanÂ (NYSE: NOC) has been awarded anÂ $89.7 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to extend the company’sÂ support for the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node system that the service uses in overseas contingency operations.
“BACN is making such a tremendous difference for our warfighters that it is regarded as indispensable for mission success, ” Jeannie Hilger, vice president and general manager of the communications division at Northrop Grumman Information Systems, said Wednesday.
The BACN information gateway is designed to transmits voice, video and images to bolster battlefield situational awareness and coordination between airborneÂ and ground-based warfighters. Northrop said the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts awarded the company with the first BACN contract in 2005.
The forces have since deployed three BACN EQ-4B Global Hawk and four BACN E-11A systems for Operation Enduring Freedom, the companyÂ added.
Northrop plans to deliver BACN as part of the Joint Aerial Layer NetworkÂ for communications and network connectivity in the battlefield acrossÂ space, ground and airborne military forces.