Defense contractor Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $7.3 million firm-fixed-price contract to upgrade the U.S. Marine Corps’ mobile command, control and communication systems through September 2014.

As part of the agreement, Northrop Grumman will work on the U.S. Marine Corps AN/TYQ-23(V)4 Tactical Air Operations Module (TAOM) and other subsystems.

“As the original equipment manufacturer of the AN/TYQ-23, Northrop Grumman has supported changing needs in the command and control arena for more than 40 years,” said Ike Song, vice president, Situational Awareness Systems, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems. “We are committed to providing continuing support that will maximize performance and warfighter safety.”

The AN/TYQ-23(V)4 TAOM serves as the center of the Marine Corps Tactical Air Operations Center, which is the principal airspace control and management agency for the Marines.

As part of the new contract, Northrop Grumman will upgrade the circuit card assemblies, as well as software and hardware of the command and control systems that operate as an essential component of the TAOM. As part of their work, Northrop will update the multi-radar tracker and the data communications unit.

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