General Dynamics to furnish NATO with ground surveillance software

General Dynamics Canada has been awarded a $32 million (Canadian dollars) contract to furnish key communications network technology for the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) program, General Dynamics said Jan. 4. Northrop Grumman awarded the contract to General Dynamics.

Under this contract, General Dynamics Canada will furnish software that will control the AGS Communications Ground Control System (CGCS). The system will manage radio and satellite communications between Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles and also the main operating base in Sigonella, Italy.

General Dynamics Canada also will deliver ruggedized computer workstations and the voice-over-IP intercom systems that will enable communications between operators at the operating base and 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 United States, as well as the main operating base in Italy.

Development and production of the AGS program is expected to take place over the next three years, with initial operation scheduled for November 2016. General Dynamics Canada will continue to provide in-service support for the system beyond 2016.


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