Northrop Grumman to equip two additional USAF modified Bombardier E-11A business jets with Battlefield Airborne Communications Node Gateways

The U.S. Air Force recently awarded Northrop Grumman a contract for the purchase and integration of the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) payload on two additional E-11A modified Bombardier business jets. BACN enhances tactical and situational awareness communications and coordination for joint and coalition forces.

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Northrop Grumman to equip two additional E 11A modified Bombardier business jets with Battlefield Airborne Communications Node Gateways USAF Bombardier E-11A BACN (Picture source: Twitter account of The Avianist)

“Northrop Grumman is transforming the modern battlefield with advanced networking capabilities that enhance interoperability of our joint force,” said Kevin Berkowitz, director, network solutions, Northrop Grumman. “Our battle-tested family of gateway systems improves mission effectiveness and provides the secure and connective tissue between systems and sensors for joint warfighters across space, air, land and sea domains.”

This award is part of the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract awarded in 2021 for continued BACN operations, sustainment and support.

BACN is currently carried on three E-11As and is a key command and control facilitator supporting airdrops, personnel recovery, convoy, humanitarian assistance and close air support operations.

In 2020, Northrop Grumman’s BACN gateway system reached 200,000 combat operational flight hours since its first deployment with the U.S. Air Force and is one of the first battle-tested gateway systems to enable warfighters and platforms to effectively communicate and securely share data across all branches of the DoD.