U.S. DOD Selects New Counter-UAS Command & Control System

By Mike Ball / 10 Jul 2020
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Northrop Grumman Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has selected Northrop Grumman’s Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control (FAAD C2) system as the interim command and control system for future Counter-Small Unmanned Aerial System (C-sUAS) procurements.

The DOD’s Joint Counter-Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-sUAS) Office established a board made up of representatives from the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Special Operations Command, as well as senior representatives from other relevant entities, to evaluate a range of systems that can counter small drones. The decision was made for FAAD C2 to serve as the current joint common C-sUAS C2 platform while an enduring solution is developed.

FAAD C2 is a battle-proven system that is currently deployed in several theaters of operation for C-UAS and C-RAM (Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar) applications. The flexible platform enables easy integration with available sensors, effectors and warning systems to launch rapid, real-time defense against short range and maneuvering threats. It is also the C2 system of choice for the Army’s Initial Maneuver Short Range Air Defense (IM-SHORAD) platforms. FAAD-C2 is built on the open architecture common to the Northrop Grumman all-domain C4I solution ecosystem, and will ultimately converge into the US Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS).

Kenn Todorov, vice president and general manager of combat systems and mission readiness at Northrop Grumman, commented: “Our FAAD C2 has been saving lives at Forward Operating Bases and locations around the world since 2005. FAAD C2 continuously evolves to defend against new threats like small unmanned aerial systems and will continue to be the gold standard for protection of our troops whether stationed at bases or on the move.”

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact
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