The Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator in flight over Patuxent River, Md. (Navy)
Northrop Grumman will add a Common Data Link (CDL) capability to the forward operating base mission control system for the Navyís Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) unmanned aerial system.
Naval Air Systems Command awarded the company a $30 million cost-plus contract modification to perform the work. CDL is a secure communications protocol.
The contract also calls for the transition of BAMS to Windows 7 software, including the Joint Mission Planning framework. The sole-source CDL contract modifies Northrop Grummanís 2008 BAMS system development and demonstration contract.
BAMS, which relies on the RQ-4 Triton version of the Global Hawk UAS, is expected to enter production in fiscal 2015. It will have a range of 2,000 miles and be able to perform persistent maritime surveillance in conjunction with Navy P-8 patrol aircraft.