NAVY C4ISR AND UNMANNED SYSTEMS
MAJOR COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS
dards and network tools and services. The current focus is to
align the Navy’s existing programs, personnel, facilities and
financial resources to achieve a single, common converged
architecture that delivers an effective and sustainable DCGS-N
that meets U.S. Fleet Forces Command requirements.
The first two DCGS-N systems were installed in 2011
onboard the aircraft carriers USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and USS
CONTRACTORS:.........BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin Corp.,
Northrop Grumman Corp., Raytheon Co., SAIC
COMMON DATA LINK-NAVY (CDL-N)
BRIEFING: CDL-N provides a real-time, full-duplex, point-to-point
communications wideband data link to transmit ISR data between
national and tactical reconnaissance aircraft sensors and their associated surface processing systems. CDL-N directly supports the
combatant commander, and the joint mission area communications
provide critical, mission-essential data to the warfighter. CDL-N is
installed on carriers, amphibious assault ships and command ships.
BRIEFING: Link 11 is a secure tactical data-exchange network
for sending and receiving digital track information between ships,
aircraft and command sites using a standard message format. It
can use HF and UHF radio frequencies for operation. Link 11 is
NATO’s primary means of transmitting tactical data, such as ship
and aircraft tracks, over the horizon. It is used by many classes of
combatant ships, and by E- 2, P- 3 and some H- 60 aircraft.
BRIEFING: Link 16 presents an at-a-glance portrayal of targets,
threats and friendly forces on a relative-position display. It provides
near-real-time, jam-resistant, secure data communications enabling
transfer of combat information and relative navigation data between
widely dispersed battle elements, integrating tactical data to include
the sharing of targeting data between aircraft and tactical air-control
parties. Users gain situational awareness by exchanging digital data
over a common communication link that is continuously and automatically updated. The major components of Link 16 are the Joint
Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS) and Multifunction
Information Distribution System (MIDS) terminals. JTIDS and
MIDS are integrated with weapons systems for all operational applications on fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, and ground-fixed, transportable, mobile and maritime platforms.
CONTRACTORS:.........Data Link Solutions (joint venture of BAE
Systems and Rockwell Collins), ViaSat Inc.
NAVY MULTIBAND TERMINAL (NMT)
BRIEFING: NMT is the fourth-generation satellite communications
terminal for nearly 300 Navy ships, submarines and shore stations.
The NMT will replace the WSC- 6 SHF terminal series and the NESP
USC- 38 Follow-On Terminal. Raytheon won a three-year NMT
development competition in May 2007. The Navy fielded terminals
for developmental test and operational assessment in late 2009.
In October 2010, Raytheon was awarded a production contract for 22 NMT systems ( 15 for ships, five for submarines and
two for shore terminals) of the more than 300 expected to be
procured. A further order for 47 systems was placed in June
2012. Raytheon also received a contract to link the NMT with
the Air Force’s Enhanced Polar Satellite to enable communications over the polar regions.
CONTRACTOR: ...........Raytheon Network Centric Systems
MOBILE USER OBJECTIVE SYSTEM
BRIEFING: The MUOS is a communications satellite equipped
with a wideband code division multiple access payload that enables
a 10-fold increase in capability over the previous UHF Follow-On
satellite. The MUOS provides secure channels for voice and data at
high speeds with streaming capability. Five satellites are planned,
including an in-orbit spare. Two are operational and a third is
scheduled for launch in January 2015. A fourth is scheduled for
launch in late 2015. A fifth is in system test. General Dynamics has
built MUOS ground stations in Hawaii, Virginia and Australia.
CONTRACTOR: ...........Lockheed Martin Corp. (prime); General
Dynamics C4 Systems (ground station)
SHIPBOARD COMBAT SYSTEMS
AEGIS COMBAT SYSTEM
BRIEFING: The Aegis Combat System installed on all Arleigh
Burke-class destroyers and Ticonderoga-class cruisers is the
world’s premier naval air defense system and the sea-based element of the U.S. ballistic missile defense (BMD) system. It is the
only operational radar and weapon system capable of simultaneous warfare against air, surface, subsurface and land targets.
The heart of the system is SPY- 1, an advanced, automatic
detect and track, multifunction phased-array radar. This high-powered (4-megawatt) radar can perform search, track and
missile-guidance functions simultaneously with a track capacity
MOBILE USER OBJECTIVE SYSTEM SATELLITE 3