Northrop Grumman successfully demonstrated its technical capability of connecting a full aircraft ecosystem by showcasing its Software Programmable Open Mission Systems Compliant (SPOC) multifunction processor in a flight test for the U.S. Air Force. (Photo: Northrop Grumman Corporation)
Northrop Grumman’s team successfully demonstrated its ability to connect a full aircraft ecosystem during a flight test as part of a contract with the U.S. Air Force. Northrop Grumman’s flying test bed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland utilized the company’s Software Programmable Open Mission Systems Compliant (SPOC) multifunction processor to show its capabilities for utilizing advanced data links to integrate platforms.
Jenna Paukstis, vice president, communications solutions, Northrop Grumman, explained in the announcement, “We are connecting platforms that will benefit the joint force and provide them with real-time battlespace awareness across air, space, land and sea.”
Advanced SPOC solutions offer a flexible and scalable radio that is low in size, weight, and power. Northrop Grumman’s SPOC design enables next-generation communications while reducing costs and time required for deployment.
During the recent flight test, the SPOC processor connected with a ground station utilizing advanced waveforms.
Northrop Grumman is working on development of a solution to help define the Air Force’s approach to next-generation radio technology.
“Developing SPOC using Northrop Grumman’s software development kit and open architecture will allow the Air Force to introduce new capabilities at speed to meet evolving threats,” according to the company’s announcement.