ITT Exelis has received a contract for the modernisation of the US Air Force’s (USAF) legacy Strategic Automated Command Control System (SACCS).
Under the terms of the $6.1m contract, the company will insert a modern data storage and memory technology into the SACCS system, to help dramatically enhance retrieval and verification of critical data for battlefield decision-makers.
Exelis Night Vision and Tactical Communications Systems president and general manager Nick Bobay said the company and USAF share a long-standing partnership in both the original development and current sustainment of the SACCS system.
”This award is another vote of confidence from a valued customer that we believe positions Exelis well for supporting the continuing life-extension projects and upgrades to the system,” Bobay added.
With 93 active nodes located across the country, the SACCS is a primary network for transmission of emergency action messages (EAMs), orders, pass-codes authentication, warnings, strategic re-planning and re-direction, and damage / strike assessments from the US Strategic Command to the strategic nuclear missile and bomber forces.
Initially fielded in 1963, the legacy command and control system also delivers SIOP (TS-ESI) messages to the Air Combat Command, Air Mobility Command, and the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve for effective deployment of their strategic bombers, reconnaissance aircraft, mobilisation aircraft, as well as tanker support aircraft worldwide.
Contract work, which will include a critical design review (CDR), commenced in April and is expected to be completed within a nine-month performance period.
Exelis also delivers modernised crypto and ongoing technical support services for the SACCS, as part of contracts previously awarded by the air force.
Image: USAF personnel working on the SACSS system at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, US. Photo: US Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Montse Belleau/Released.