The U.S. Marine Corps has begun deploying the first of 10 AN/TSQ-269 Mobile Tactical Air Operations Module (MTAOM) command and control systems, which feature key components made by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC).
The MTAOM is a self-contained, expeditionary platform that allows the Tactical Air Operations Center to conduct air command and control and air-defense operations anywhere there is a need. The command and control system features highly mobile components, including Northrop Grumman's Multi-Radar Tracker (MRT) processors, Tactical Data Link support units, and the compact, modular, five-ounce AYK-14 Replacement Computer (ARC) circuit card that serves as the computing center of the MTAOM.
"The state-of-the-art Mobile Tactical Air Operations Module is helping to revolutionize command and control operations by offering unparalleled agility and transportability to warfighters," said Ike Song, vice president of situational awareness systems at Northrop Grumman's Navigation Systems Division. "By integrating open, modern architecture developed by Northrop Grumman into an expeditionary platform, this system provides the command and control information needed to help keep service members safe in fast-moving, critical operations."
Fielded to Marine Air Control Squadron 1, the MTAOM has a suite of processor and digital communications equipment mounted in a standard S-788 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle shelter that is capable of supporting up to 20 air command and control operator workstations. Joined with the AN/MRQ-12 Communications Interface System, the MTAOM matches the capabilities of the Marine Corps' legacy AN/TYQ-23 Tactical Air Operations Module command and control system, which was designed by Northrop Grumman, while adding the ability to integrate Marine Corps and external radar inputs.
Northrop Grumman offers complete tactical aviation command and control capabilities through the Modular Control and Reporting Platform (MCRP), the latest generation of the AN/TYQ-23 radar tracking product line. The MCRP comprises the ARC and MRT, which is a fully integrated, commercial-off-the-shelf, open architecture radar tracking and sensor fusion system that supports both organic and nonorganic sensor interfaces.
MCRP products are on display at the Modern Day Marine expo through Sept. 29 in Quantico, Va.
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