Northrop Grumman Awarded $3.6 Billion U.S. Battlefield Communications Node Contract

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Northrop Grumman Awarded $3.6 Billion U.S. Battlefield Communications Node Contract
Global Hawk drone converted to carry Battlefield Airborne Communications Node equipment

Northrop Grumman Corp. (NGC) has been awarded a $3,600,000,000 contract for Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) operations, sustainment and support.

This contract provides for research, development, test, and evaluation, integration and operations and sustainment for existing and future payloads contained in or connected to the BACN system and associated ground stations or controls, ancillary equipment, support equipment and system integration laboratories, a Pentagon release said today

Work will be performed in San Diego, California, and overseas locations, and is expected to be completed by Jan. 24, 2026.

BACN combined with Global Hawk, provides warfighters essential information to pursue and defeat the enemy, according to NGC information.

In theater operations, mountainous terrain inhibited line-of-sight communications; diverse weapon systems were unable to communicate with each other; each operating unit could see only a limited set of the complete picture. BACN bridges the gaps between those systems, enabling essential situational awareness from small ground units in contact up to the highest command levels.

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