US Air Force has awarded Northrop-Grumman two contract modifications totaling
$232 million for the E-10A multi-sensor command and control aircraft program.
The modifications include a $170 million contract for one year extension of
E-10A pre-System Design and Development (pre-SDD) phase. This contract
modification was required to accommodate an increase in the pre-SDD timeline.
E-10A pre-SDD phase is now valued at $408 million. The second contract worth $62
million funds the E-10A battle management command and control (BMC2) subsystem.
The BMC2 subsystem is the backbone of the E-10A program. It will provide
information processing capability for the E-10A's radar system and real-time
communications, and command and control functions key to the aircraft's mission.
Data access and correlation from other external sources can be done through the
BMC2 subsystem as well. This capability will help to provide a comprehensive
picture of battlespace to commanders.
The E-10A is being developed by Northrop-Grumman, Boeing and Raytheon. The BMC2
is the final subsystem and the most important along the MP-RTIP radar system.
These elements will integrated on the Boeing 767-400ER test bed platform to
conduct flight tests aimed at developing the E-10A airborne system capable of
providing cruise missile defense, persistent situational awareness and
executable decision-quality information.
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