Northrop Grumman to Help Define the US Air Force’s Next-Generation Radio Approach

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC), has been awarded a contract to develop and demonstrate a Software Programmable Open Mission Systems (OMS) Compliant (SPOC) radio terminal for the U.S. Air Force.

Northrop Grumman’s SPOC solution will provide the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center with air-to-ground and air-to-air communications capability across four radio frequency waveforms: Link-16 CMN-4, Common Data Link (CDL), Multifunction Advanced Data Link (MADL) and Multi-User Objective System (MUOS).

This development defines the Air Force’s next-generation radio approach. NGC’s solution for SPOC provides a mature hardware and software development kit that allows the Air Force to rapidly develop and prototype innovative communications solutions from any provider on an open architecture networking terminal that can be quickly taken into flight test and production.

With the Air Force taking responsibility for developing the airborne communications network infrastructure for the Advanced Battle Management System, SPOC radio will allow the Air Force to rapidly develop, test, fly and iterate.

Northrop Grumman’s SPOC open-architecture networking terminal offers numerous benefits to the Air Force customer, including opening the F-35 communications, navigation, and identification (CNI) system to third-party developers, ownership of Link 16 development, sharing of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information over a common data link, and Mobile User Objective System beyond line of sight capability.