Northrop to Modernize USAF AOC Capability

by: Matthew Potter
March 15, 2012

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The United States Air Force operates Air and Space Operations Center (AOC) in support of different theaters across the world. These assist in the management of the air war by tracking and assigning assets and targets. The consist of several different electronic systems that primarily require human interface to manage. Starting last year the Air Force began a process to upgrade and modernize these systems. The overall system is called the AOC Weapon System.

This week Northrop Grumman (NOC) was awarded an initial contract to begin the modernization project. The value of this award is $120 million but if all options are exercised over the next 8 years it could be worth over $500 million.

The contract calls for Northrop to deliver an AOC WS with better awareness and faster planning and execution through improving information exchange. The plan is also to reduce maintenance and life cycle costs for the AOC WS.

The U.S. has invested greatly over the last fifty years in advanced aircraft with sophisticated weaponry. The AOC WS role is to manage the air battle to maximize the efficiency of those systems. The planned upgrade will help it do that mission better.

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