Open architecture radio to be developed for USAF

FALLS CHURCH, Va. Northrop Grumman Corporation won a contract to develop and demonstrate a Software-Programmable Open Mission Systems (OMS) Compliant (SPOC) radio terminal for the U.S. Air Force.

Northrop Grumman’s SPOC solution is intended to provide the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center with an air-to-ground and air-to-air communications capability across four radio frequency waveforms: Link-16 CMN-4, Common Data Link (CDL), Multifunction Advanced Data Link (MADL), and Multi User Objective System (MUOS).

Benefits that the SPOC open architecture networking terminal offer include opening the F-35 communications, navigation, and identification system to third-party developers; ownership of Link 16 development; sharing of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance information over a common data link; and MUOS beyond line of sight capability.