Posted by John McHaleWOODLAND HILLS, Calif., 29 Sept. 2010.Commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) electronics from Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE:NOC) were used in the service-level testing and field user evaluation for the U.S. Marine Corps Mobile Tactical Air Operations Module (MTAOM) command and control system.The MTAOM, integrated by Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division, used components from Northrop Grumman's Navigation Systems Division, such as AYK-14 replacement computers (ARC), Multi-Radar Tracker (MRT) processors, and Tactical Data Link support units. The computing center of the MTAOM is a 5-ounce ARC circuit card developed by Northrop Grumman to replace a 70-pound, 1980s-era military standard computer while providing the full capability of a modern command and control system in a compact, modular package.Northrop Grumman offers tactical aviation command and control capabilities through the Modular Control and Reporting Platform (MCRP), an inclusive, highly-transportable tactical system featuring the ARC and MRT. The MRT is a fully integrated, COTS-based, open architecture radar tracking, and sensor fusion system. This design is the latest generation of the Northrop Grumman AN/TYQ-23 radar tracking product line.Mounted in a standard S-788 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) shelter, the MTAOM coupled with the AN/MRQ-12 Communications Interface System includes the complete capabilities of the U.S. Marine Corps' legacy AN/TYQ-23 Tactical Air Operations Module command and control system plus the ability to incorporate and fuse Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other commercial radar inputs."The MTAOM brings state of the art command and control information to warfighters anywhere they need it," says Ike Song, vice president of situational awareness systems at Northrop Grumman's Navigation Systems Division. "By incorporating modern hardware and software developed by Northrop Grumman into a highly expeditionary platform, the MTAOM helps ensure users have the tactical aviation command and control information they require to integrate seamlessly into the joint operating environment and control the battlespace."