The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a $48.7 million contract modification for continuing operations and support of the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) system. Under the contract modification, Northrop Grumman will continue providing management, engineering, implementation, test, site and training support.
BACN provides an advanced airborne communications gateway capability to commanders and warfighters, enhancing situational awareness and connecting disparate voice and datalink networks throughout the battlespace. BACN bridges and extends voice communications and battlespace awareness information from numerous sources using a suite of computers and radio systems, according to Northrop Grumman.
The Air Force Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., awarded the contract to Northrop Grumman in support of the Air Force Materiel Command. Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor for the development, fielding and maintenance of the BACN system. The company was awarded the first BACN contract in April 2005.
Northrop Grumman's work on the BACN program is managed and performed primarily in San Diego.