U.S. Navy command and control experts needed a company to upgrade the service's Next Generation Command and Control Processor (NGC2P) - a tactical data link communication processor that provides warfighters with critical real-time information about friendly and enemy activity during combat operations.
They found their solution from the Northrop Grumman Corp. Information Systems segment in San Diego. Northrop Grumman originally won a Navy contract to develop the NGC2P back in 2008.
Officials of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) in San Diego awarded Northrop Grumman a $95 million contract for the NGC2P Tech Refresh and Link 22 project, which is for engineering services and technology refresh field change kits for the NGC2P Increment 2, as well as for future Increment 3 Link 22 baseline development services.
The contract is to address obsolescence issues in the current system, support system capability enhancements, as well as provide new Link 22 capability insertion.
Link 22 is a secure digital radio link in HF and UHF bands designed to replace old Link 11 data connectivity, and complement Link 16 Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS).
The NGC2P is being installed on Navy ships and the ships of allied nations.