NGA targeting system to be built by BAE

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has awarded a $47 million contract to BAE Systems Inc. to create a Web-based surveillance and targeting system that will identify quickly battlefield targets and other possible threats for military personnel.

The Global Net-centric Surveillance and Targeting system, known as 'Gun Coast,' will use a secured computer network to collect real-time data from various intelligence sensors, and process them into usable information for the military and intelligence communities. The system will reduce the processing workload and time to put critical pieces of information together.

For example, in a matter of seconds the system would be able to furnish information on target coordinates for a user who needs to locate surface-to-air missiles that appeared in a specific region within the last 45 seconds, said Scott Boyce, BAE Systems' program manager for the Global Net-centric Surveillance and Targeting system.

BAE Systems' team includes Northrop Grumman Corp., General Dynamics Corp. and Dragon Research & Engineering of San Diego.

The initial contract is a 15-month program that has four option periods. The second phase will be transitioning the system from a lab and demonstration phase into an operational system.

Roseanne Gerin is a staff writer for Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology.

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