General Dynamics Canada to provide network technology for NATO AGS program
Jan 08, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) --
General Dynamics Canada, a provider of integrated electronic products, systems and in-service support to defence and public security markets, has received a C$32 million contract from Northrop Grumman Corporation, a manufacturer of defense electronics, for key communications network technology for the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance, or AGS, program.
Under this contract, General Dynamics Canada will provide the software that will control the AGS Communications Ground Control System (CGCS). The CGCS will manage radio and satellite communications between Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and the main operating base in Sigonella, Italy.
General Dynamics Canada will also deliver ruggedized computer workstations and the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) intercom systems that will enable communications between operators at the operating base and with mobile command centers. In addition, the company will provide engineering support for the integration of its software and systems at Northrop Grumman's facilities in the US, and at the main operating base in Italy.
David Ibbetson, general manager for General Dynamics Canada, said: "This contract highlights the capabilities of the world-leading communication solutions we have developed through many years of innovation in airborne ISR systems.
"It showcases Canadian technology that we have successfully deployed on the CP-140 Aurora as part of the Aurora Incremental Modernization Project, and on the CH148 Cyclone as part of the Maritime Helicopter Program. At the same time, it provides us with the opportunity to leverage the experience and expertise of the highly skilled employees at our facilities across Canada. As important, the key technologies being provided by General Dynamics Canada will be available for future UAV-based programs in Canada, such as the Joint Unmanned Surveillance Target Acquisition System and the Mercury Global Wideband Global Satellite communications system."
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