Northrop Grumman Corporation was awarded an $89.7 million contract from the U.S. Air Force last week.
The contract option was awarded to Northrop Grumman to “continue operating and supporting the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) system in support of overseas contingency missions,” according to a company release.
BACN is a high-altitude, airborne communications and information gateway that connects warfighters in the air and on the ground. The system translates and distributes voice communications, video, imagery and other battlespace information from numerous, often disparate, sources to improve situational awareness and enable better coordination among warfighters and commanders.
The Air Force has deployed four BACN E-11A systems and three BACN EQ-4B Global Hawk systems in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
“BACN is making such a tremendous difference for our warfighters that it is regarded as indispensable for mission success,” said Jeannie Hilger, vice president and general manager of Northrop’s communications division, said in a release. “The amount of positive feedback BACN receives from our warfighters is a testament to the critical support BACN currently provides and an inspiration to continuously enhance the system’s capabilities.”
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