Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $265 million U.S. Air Force contract to support the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) system, Northrop Grumman said. The company is to provide aircraft maintenance and logistics services as an extension of an existing contract, which is set to end in January.
Work under this contract supports four Bombardier E-11As. The existing contract covered five years, and the new extension is a base year contract with four option years.
“This win continues the legacy of customer support established by Northrop Grumman and leverages the expertise and commitment by our team, both in and outside the continental United States,” said John Parker, VP of global logistics and modernization for Northrop Grumman Technology Services. “The execution of the new contract through January 2023 assures sustained support of the Air Force BACN system.”
The communication system is a high-altitude, airborne gateway that translates and distributes voice communications, video, imagery and other information from numerous sources, Northrop Grumman said. The company said it closes gaps between systems and extends communication among different users and networks.
Northrop Grumman said maintenance includes identifying subcontractor support, determining levels of aircraft repair, and assessing repair times, ground support equipment and tooling requirements.