C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

Northrop Grumman offers BMC2 prototype to US Air Force for use in ABMS

05 February 2020

Key Points

  • Northrop Grumman is in discussions with the US Air Force to provide its DA/RC BMC2 concept for use in the service’s ABMS experiment
  • The company has run up to 50 different systems on the programme and up to 100 in simulation, officials said

Northrop Grumman has offered a battle management command and control (BMC2) prototype to the US Air Force (USAF) for use in the development of its Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) Internet-of-Things (IoT) combat concept.

This prototype, called Distributed Autonomy/Responsive Control (DA/RC), was originally developed 15 years ago for the company’s work on the US Navy (USN) X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) programme.

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