Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract by the US Navy to continue development of the joint warning and reporting network (JWARN), which will improve reaction time in the event of a biological or nuclear attack.

JWARN will provide the military services near real-time analysis and response capability to minimise the effects of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) attacks.

The system will enable commanders to understand the tactical and strategic implications of a CBRN attack or hazard and provide information and communications to minimise the contamination threat.

Vice president of network communication systems, Roger Fujii said that JWARN is a critical element in protecting US and allied interests on the battlefield and at home.

“This win complements our communications and sensor networking capabilities that are key enablers for assured battlefield communications,” said Fujii.

Under the contract with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego, Northrop Grumman will integrate JWARN’s capabilities into operational-level command and control (C2) systems while continuing to develop advanced JWARN sensor networking and system functionality.

By Daniel Garrun.