Northrop Grumman, BAE Develop AC/MC-130J Protections


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Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems have agreed on developing radio frequency countermeasures systems, also known as RFCM systems, for U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command AC/MC-130J turboprops. The development is scheduled to take place later in 2016 and the contracts represent the first phase of a multi-phase program to upgrade survivability of this aircraft.

News broke out in November last year of the Department of Defense’s decision to award contracts in the amount of $32.8 million to Northrop Grumman and $22 million to BAE Systems. These contracts were made with the intention to develop RFCM systems that will enable the four engine turboprop “to detect, identify, locate, deny, degrade, disrupt and defeat threat systems in operational environments.” The contracts call for the manufacturers to complete system development and platform integration work by November 30th 2016.

The program’s lifecycle cost is expected to exceed $400 million and according to said Brian Walters, BAE Systems Vice President and General Manager of Electronic Combat Solutions, being award the contract by the DOD “Is a significant milestone as it not only builds on our strong electronic warfare legacy, but also extends our proven electronic warfare capability to a large platform aircraft.”
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