MAJOR COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS
Y installation was completed in November 2013 on the Arleigh
Burke-class destroyer USS McCampbell.
Initial Operational Test & Evaluation began in August 2014
onboard the destroyer USS Higgins. Also in August 2014, the
Navy selected five vendors to build and deliver subsequent
shipsets. In October 2015, the DoD approved full deployment
of CANES and transferred program oversight to the Navy.
CANES will be deployed on 180 ships, submarines and maritime operations centers by 2022.
CONTRACTORS: . . . . . . . . . Northrop Grumman Corp., BAE Systems Technology
Solutions and Services Inc., General Dynamics C4
Systems, Global Technical Systems, Terco Inc.
DISTRIBUTED COMMON GROUND/
SURFACE SYSTEM-NAVY (DCGS-N)
BRIEFING: The DCGS-N is the Navy component of the new
web-based, joint-services DCGS network that functions as a
single enterprise system for rapidly receiving, processing,
exploiting and disseminating multiservice and national space-based ISR data. DCGS-N is interoperable with the DCGS elements of the other services. All will share a core infrastructure
called the DCGS Integration Backbone. 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 George Washington.
CONTRACTORS: . . . . . . . . . BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin Corp., Northrop
Grumman Corp., Raytheon Co., SAIC
MAJOR COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS
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, and integrating tactical data to include the sharing
of targeting data between aircraft and tactical air-control par-ties. 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 and
Multifunction Information Distribution System terminals that
are integrated with weapons systems for all operational applications on fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft and ground-fixed,
transportable, mobile and maritime platforms.
CON TRAC TORS: . . . . . . . . . Data Link Solutions (joint venture of BAE Systems
and Rockwell Collins), ViaSat Inc.
NAVY TACTICAL COMMON
DATA LINK (NTCDL)
BRIEFING: NTCDL is a system that will enable the Navy
to simultaneously transmit and receive large quantities of
real-time ISR data to and from multiple platforms. The
open-architecture, reprogrammable system is modular and
scalable and will incorporate advanced waveforms for networked operations using currently fielded CDL equipment.
Initial production will be installed on aircraft carriers and
amphibious assault ships. BAE Systems was awarded the
development contract in September 2016.
CON TRAC TOR: . . . . . . . . . . BAE Systems, with Ball Aerospace
NAVY MULTIBAND TERMINAL (NMT)
BRIEFING: The 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. 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.
CON TRAC TOR: . . . . . . . . . . Raytheon Network Centric Systems
MOBILE USER OBJECTIVE SYSTEM (MUOS)
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. The