Business

February 15, 2013

Northrop Grumman, U.S. Air Force complete successful PDR of AOC modernization program

The U.S. Air Force and Northrop Grumman have successfully completed the preliminary design review for the Air Operations Center Weapon System program.

The successful review allows the AOC WS program to enter the detailed design phase.

The program modernizes the Air Force’s essential operational-level command and control centers to increase operational effectiveness and reduce costs. The Defense Department considers these C2 centers a weapon system vital to the national interest and the AOC modernization program represents a major leap in aerospace C2.

The in-depth review, conducted at Northrop Grumman’s AOC WS warfighter test and integration laboratory in Newport News, Va., served as a forum for the Air Force, Northrop Grumman and its teammates to review and approve the preliminary design. Additionally, Northrop Grumman delivered a prototype system built upon a service-oriented open architecture to highlight the future AOC environment and demonstrate the concept of rapid and affordable development and integration.

“Our collaboration with the Air Force accomplished an important risk-reduction activity and verified our ability to quickly and affordably deliver critical capabilities to warfighters. We also showcased the architectural foundation that will enable essential new C2 applications and war fighting concepts unachievable with closed systems,” said Mike Twyman, vice president and general manager of the Defense Systems division for Northrop Grumman Information Systems. “AOC modernization through a truly open systems approach will significantly reduce life cycle costs and enable the Air Force’s future operational concepts.”

Northrop Grumman demonstrated the potential for integrated air and missile defense, dynamic network management and dynamic planning utilizing the enormous capabilities of fifth-generation aircraft and sensors. The company showed next-generation user experience featuring machine-to-machine automation, collaborative workflows and enhanced visualization of mission-critical information to generate speed of command not possible with legacy systems. The increase in combat capability was demonstrated in the dynamic targeting process, one of several AOC mission threads used during the design effort.

“Effective air, space and cyberspace operations depend on integrated effects across the joint force. The key is command and control, and the modernized AOC provides warfighters with the secure, flexible and agile C2 capabilities necessary for meeting the security challenges of the future,” Twyman said.

In conjunction with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., Northrop Grumman will modernize the AOC by developing a secure, streamlined computing environment for legacy and stove-piped systems. The common computing environment will reduce manual information sharing between systems and decrease information technology footprint thereby lowering total ownership costs. AOC modernization will also accelerate the integration of new applications and enable flexibility to deliver modular, mission-tailorable capabilities to warfighters.

The AOC gives the Air Force an enhanced operational-level command and control capability for use in every operational theater. It provides the Joint Force Air Component commander with the core capability to plan, task and execute theater-wide operations in the air, space and cyber domains.

 




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
LM-F35-hours

F-35 fleet surpasses 15,000 flying hours

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fleet recently surpassed 15,000 flight hours, marking a major milestone for the program.  “Flying 15,000 hours itself demonstrates that the program is maturing, but what I think is e...
 
 

Raytheon awarded first international contract for Paveway IV

Raytheon has received a contract from an international customer for Pavewayô IV precision guided bombs valued at more than $200 million. As part of the sale Raytheon will deliver hundreds of the advanced munitions, which are regarded as the ‘weapon of choice’ for the Royal Air Force. The contract represents the first sale of Pavewayô...
 
 
Northrop Grumman photograph

Northrop Grumman dedicates Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in Florida

Northrop Grumman photograph Tom Vice, corporate vice president and president, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, addresses the media with, from left, Florida State Sen. John Thrasher, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, U.S. Rep. Ron DeS...
 

 

Lockheed Martin GMLRS alternative warhead logs successful flight test series, shifts to next testing phase

Lockheed Martin successfully conducted the fifth and final Production Qualification Test for the new Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System Alternative Warhead recently at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. During the long-range test, four rockets were fired from a HIMARS launcher and destroyed their respective targets approximately 65 kilometers away. The test is the final milestone...
 
 

Forecast International expects UAV market to rise strongly through next decade

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan sent unmanned aerial vehicle production to record heights, but with the last U.S. military troops in Afghanistan slated to depart the country this year, the Pentagon’s demand for unmanned air vehicles is slackening. However, while fewer UAVs are expected to roll off the production lines from 2014 to 2023,...
 
 
sikorsky-china

China certifies Sikorsky S-76D™ helicopter

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced April 15 that the Civil Aviation Administration of China has issued a validation type certificate for the S-76D™ aircraft, allowing Sikorsky to begin delivering the commercial helicopter  to...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>