Northrop Grumman awarded US Army JTAGS P3I contract
The development phase of the US Army’s Joint Tactical Ground Station (JTAGS) pre-planned product improvement (P3I) programme has been kicked off with a contract awarded to Northrop Grumman for the development and delivery of two JTAGS P3I prototype systems. JTAGS P3I will replace the current JTAGS system.
The three year initial agreement, worth $36 million, will see the company design, fabricate, test and demonstrate the prototype units prior to delivery.
JTAGS is a relocatable information processing system that receives and processes in-theatre, infrared data downlinked from satellite sensors of the Defense Support Program, Space Based Infrared System and other systems. JTAGS disseminates warning, alerting and cueing information on tactical ballistic missiles and other tactical events of interest throughout the theatre using multiple communications networks.
JTAGS P3I will be located in a fixed facility. According to the company, the upgraded system will provide significant performance improvements and the ability to process additional sensors.
Ed Bush, vice president of Northrop Grumman's C4ISR Networked Systems business unit, said: ‘This contract begins the development phase of the JTAGS P3I programme, bringing us closer to delivering improved missile warning for our warfighters. This award continues our longstanding relationship with the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command.’
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