The Naval Air Systems Command has selected Northrop-Grumman to develop and
demonstrate an electronic combat support system that covers numerous platforms
as well as all US military branches and several NATO coalition partners.
Northrop-Grumman's Defensive Systems Division will develop, manufacture and
demonstrate four prototypes of the Agile Rapid Global Combat Support (ARGCS)
system. ARGCS is intended to support complex avionics and other electronics on
numerous platforms, specially, the US Navy F/A-18 and E-2C aircraft; US Army
M109A6 Paladin, Apache helicopter and M1 battle tank; US Marine Corp LAV; and
US Air Force F-15 aircraft.
Testing and fielding of the joint, interoperable, scalable ARGCS is slated to
occur from 2006 through 2008. It will feature a diagnostic system capable of
testing and maintaining analog, digital and radio frequency assemblies at all
levels of the maintenance cycle. Moreover, its modular, lighter and smaller
footprint will support an operational environment and reduce time to repair and
false maintenance actions thereby decreasing manpower and equipment utilization.
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