Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a US$3.6 billion indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract by the U.S. Air Force (USAF) for continued Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) operations, sustainment and support.
Work on the BACN contract is expected to be completed by the company in January 2026.
“We are honoured to work with the Air Force to continue to bring the critical gateway communications capabilities of the BACN programme to U.S. warfighters operating around the world,” said Ben Davies, vice president and general manager, networked information solutions division, Northrop Grumman.
Northrop Grumman’s BACN system is a high-altitude, airborne communications gateway that translates and distributes imagery, voice and tactical data from disparate elements.
The USAF Battlefield Airborne Communications Node is hosted on high-altitude aircraft to provide persistent connectivity and operational support 24 hours a day, seven days a week as part of the BACN program.
It enhances situational awareness communications and coordination for joint warfighters operating across space, air, land and sea.
Northrop Grumman Corporation will undertake research, development, test, and evaluation, integration and operations and sustainment for existing and future payloads contained in or connected to the BACN system.
The contract also includes supply of associated ground stations or controls, ancillary equipment, support equipment and system integration laboratories.
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