The US Air Force has ordered the fielding and deployment of Northrop’s battlefield airborne communications node (BACN) systems on some of its aircrafts and unmanned aerial vehicles to enhance capabilities for overseas contingency operations.

The BACN is a forward-deployed airborne communications relay and network-centric enterprise information server, which shares data among disparate battlefield communications systems enhancing interoperability and battle-space-awareness of the warfighters.

The BACN systems will be fitted to three BD-700 Global Express aircraft and two Global Hawk Block 20 unmanned aerial vehicles under a total contract of $276m.

Northrop Grumman will also continue operations on the USAF’s existing BACN-equipped BD-700 in deployment since December 2008.

BACN will also provide communication link between ground soldiers, ground support platforms and command centres.

The system had been developed under a Department of Defense Microelectronic Activity contract by Northrop Grumman.

How well do you really know your competitors?

Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge.

Company Profile – free sample

Thank you!

Your download email will arrive shortly

Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample

We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below form

By GlobalData
Visit our Privacy Policy for more information about our services, how we may use, process and share your personal data, including information of your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.