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USSOCOM selects Northrop to provide advanced countermeasure systems for its C-130J aircraft

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World Defense & Security Industry News - Northrop Grumman
 
 
USSOCOM selects Northrop to provide advanced countermeasure systems for its C-130J aircraft
 
The U.S. Special Operations Command has selected Northrop Grumman Corporation to provide advanced countermeasure systems for AC-130J and MC-130J aircraft. Under the terms of the $32.8 million award, Northrop Grumman's Land and Avionics C4ISR division will provide radio frequency countermeasure systems to detect, identify, locate, deny, degrade, disrupt and defeat threats to these aircraft.
     
USSOCOM selects Northrop to provide advanced countermeasure systems for its C 130J aircraft 640 001A formation of USAF MC-130J Commando II aircraft
(Credit: US Air Force)
     
"Our solution is designed to detect and defeat not only current radio frequency threats, but also to have the flexibility to protect our warfighters as the threat evolves," said Jeff Palombo, Northrop Grumman division vice president and general manager.

"Our solution is built upon our high confidence aircraft protection systems of today, coupled with an open architecture approach that enables our offering to grow to a multi-spectral, multi-function capability for the future. This approach is a subtle, yet important characteristic of our offering that protects our customer's investment in their initial RFCM system procurement while positioning AFSOC AC/MC-130 gunships for the complex battlespace of the immediate future."

The AC-130J Ghostrider gunship aircraft is a modified version of the MC-130J aircraft, is expected to replace the legacy AC-130H/U aircraft of the US Air Force. The first test flight of the AC-130J Ghostrider was completed in January 2014. Lockheed Martin will deliver 32 AC-130J Ghostrider aircraft to the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC).


The MC-130J Commando II is a special operations tanker aircraft manufactured by Lockheed Martin for the US Air Force Special Operations Command. A total of 37 MC-130J aircraft are planned, which will eventually replace all other MC-130 variants.