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Northrop Grummanís B-2 Capabilities Enhance its Digital Communications


PALMDALE, Calif. – WEBWIRE
The Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit (Photo Credit: Northrop Grumman)
The Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit (Photo Credit: Northrop Grumman)

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), in partnership with the U.S. Air Force, successfully completed an integrated airborne mission transfer (IAMT) demonstration with the B-2 Spirit at Whiteman Air Force Base as part of the ongoing modernization efforts incorporating digital engineering.

IAMT delivers an advanced capability that enables the B-2 to complete a digital, machine-to-machine transfer of new missions received in flight directly into the aircraft. IAMT is part of Northrop Grummanís B-2 Collaborative Combat Communication (B2C3) Spiral 1 program that digitally enhances the B-2ís communications capabilities in todayís battlespace.

ďWe are providing the B-2 with the capabilities to communicate and operate in advanced battle management systems and the joint all-domain command and control environment, keeping B-2 ahead of evolving threats,Ē said Nikki Kodama, vice president and B-2 program manager, Northrop Grumman. ďThe integration of this digital software with our weapon system will further enhance the connectivity and survivability in highly contested environments as part of our ongoing modernization effort.Ē

The demonstration included approximately 50 mission transfers during a two-day period in partnership with the Air Force. Aircraft vehicle 1086, the Spirit of Kitty Hawk, was configured with Northrop Grummanís Multi Mission Domain (MMD) architecture. MMD is an open mission system architecture for the B-2 that allows rapid and affordable fielding of modern mission capabilities. The mission transfers utilized MMD to integrate with the B-2 Adaptable Communications Suite (ACS).

In the demonstration, the aircrew received an incoming transmission from the ACS ground station, which loaded the mission directly through MMD interfaces to the B-2 Disk Drive Unit. B-2 flight crews can now focus more on mission execution in todayís dynamic battlespace thanks to progressive digital technology.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global aerospace and defense technology company. Our pioneering solutions equip our customers with the capabilities they need to connect and protect the world, and push the boundaries of human exploration across the universe. Driven by a shared purpose to solve our customersí toughest problems, our 95,000 employees define possible every day.††


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