The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) a one-year, $140 million contract modification to provideÂ payload and operations support for an airborne communications relayÂ that works to helpÂ warfighters transmit data and gain situational awareness.
NorthropÂ will perform support work onÂ the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node in San Diego, California, and various international locations through Jan. 23, 2018, the Defense Department said Tuesday.
The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center obligated $59.2 million at the time of the award from the military service’s fiscal 2017 overseas contingency operation and operation and maintenance funds.
BACNÂ is designed to integrate withÂ Northrop’s RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial system and a military variant of the Bombardier BD-700 aircraft.
The system employs anÂ airborne executive processor meant to serve as aÂ persistent gateway for military users toÂ receive, bridge and distribute communications during a combat mission.