Navy taps BAE for data collection

The Navy has chosen BAE Systems Inc. to collect data from sensors and provide it through a data link to the military branch under a $9 million contract.

The contract is part of the Tactical Common Data Link program that sets up interoperable links to collect and transmit sensor data in real time, thereby enhancing situational awareness and communications for warfighters.

The links must adhere to interoperability and compatibility standards and specifications set by the Defense Department.

Under the contract, which will run through March 2011, BAE will provide research, development and production of nine airborne and ground systems. The company will perform the work in Wayne, N.J.

The BAE Systems data terminals will be installed on Navy aircraft and collect data from sensors while being flown over battle space. A digital link will transmit the data to a command station on the ground.

'The Tactical Common Data Link system provides real-time sensor and targeting information, allowing commanders to quickly assess and respond to threats,' Joseph McCarthy, vice president of communications and tactical networks at BAE Systems, said in a news release.

Alice Lipowicz writes for Washington Technology, an 1105 Government Information Group publication.

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Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

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