Northrop Grumman has secured a contract to develop a prototype for an open system that will facilitate communications and translation between military aircraft platforms.
The company will address the technical and management requirements needed to develop the open-architecture gatewayONE system that will integrate with a variety of aircraft communications platforms, Northrop said Friday.
The Air Force plans to integrate gatewayONE into the Advanced Battle Management family of Systems, or ABMS, a future tool that will support situational awareness across multiple domains.
USAF and Northrop will conduct ground and flight tests over a four-month demonstration period. Air Force Life Cycle Management Centerâ€™s C3I and Networks Directorate issued the contract.
â€œWe are working closely with the Air Force to design and deliver to the field, advanced communications systems quickly and affordably,â€ said Roshan Roeder, vice president of Northrop’s communications, airborne sensors and networks division.
Northrop will apply its software-defined Freedom radio technology to allow for communications between both 5th and 4th generation aircraft.