US FAAD C2 software will control the ‘air shield’ over the Baltic
WASHINGTON – Northrop Grumman has received an order for the supply of the FAAD C2 air defense command system for Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing Defence24.
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The agreement was signed between Northrop Grumman and the US Army, acting under the auspices of the United States European Command [EUCOM]. Its value is 14.3 million dollars. Its implementation will allow for the modernization of the air and drone defenses of the three Baltic states, as well as create a framework for their inclusion in the plan to include EUCOM Command in Integrated Air and Missile Defense plan.
“Replacing obsolete systems with FAAD C2 will allow our Allies to participate fully in NATO’s advanced air defense systems,” said Christine Harbison, vice president and general manager, combat systems and mission readiness, Northrop Grumman.
FAAD C2 is a US Army air defense management system that has been used for more than three decades and is used primarily by the US Army’s short / very short-range air defense units. It includes integrated Avenger anti-aircraft systems, but also the new M-SHORAD and, more recently, anti-aircraft systems [C-UAS].
As Christine Harbinson pointed out, FAAD C2 is used operationally to protect previous US military bases and major US cities against drone threats. Warning systems, sensors, and anti-artillery systems, missiles, and mortars [C-RAM], such as the American Centurion, are also connected to the FAAD C2.
Integration of the defense systems of the Baltic States, using mainly very short-range missile kits, such as RBS 70, Stinger [Lithuania, Latvia], Polish Gromy [Lithuania], French Mistral [Estonia] with FAAD C2 can contribute to increasing the efficiency of the use of all elements of air defense in these countries. Also in collaboration with US military units that may be stationed in the region. The unified defense system should facilitate the cooperation and transmission of information on threats from different sensors, as well as the assignment of tasks to the elements of air defense.
In the future, FAAD C2 will be integrated with the IBCS [introduced into the US Army], while IBCS will be the US Army’s contribution to the Joint Multilateral Domain Command System – JADC2, created by the US Army. Currently, FAAD C2 can also be purchased as part of direct sales [DCS].
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