The U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman a $65 million contract to provide tactical situational awareness to airlift aircrews.
Under terms of the contract, Northrop Grumman will provide the Air Force Air Mobility Command with 58 Mobility Air Forces (MAF) Dynamic Re-tasking Capability (DRC) Urgent Operational Need (UON) systems, including spares, before June 30, 2012. The systems will be installed in 28 C-130J and 24 C-17 aircraft. The contract also includes two years of training and payload support at four integration sites in the United States and three overseas locations.
The MAF DRC system includes a secure line-of-sight and beyond line-of-sight datalink; display systems for the pilot and co-pilot; a processor/server for command and control of the radios and displays; and presentation and recording of the existing host aircraft navigational system data.