Northrop Grumman Empowers Baltic Region with Air Defense System

In a significant development, Northrop Grumman Corporation has successfully implemented the Forward Area Air Defense
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In a significant development, Northrop Grumman Corporation has successfully implemented the Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control (FAAD C2) system in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. This endeavor has paved the way for air and missile defense interoperability among the Baltic states, NATO, and U.S. forces. The FAAD C2 system plays a vital role in enabling the collective short-range air defense (SHORAD) systems of these nations to execute counter unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS) and SHORAD missions.

Northrop Grumman's efforts in modernizing the air defense and C-UAS capabilities of the Baltic region align with the U.S. European Command's Integrated Air and Missile Defense Plan. The company has conducted extensive FAAD C2 training sessions in the Baltic region, collaborating with the Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian armies to facilitate seamless integration with modern NATO air defense systems.

Rebecca Torzone, the Vice President and General Manager of Combat Systems and Mission Readiness at Northrop Grumman, emphasizes that the FAAD C2 system empowers the Baltic region's forces to make swift and well-informed decisions in countering short-range and unmanned aerial threats. With its battle-proven architecture, the system can accommodate the future integration of additional sensors and effectors, enhancing the region's security in line with NATO's integrated air and missile defense framework.

The FAAD C2 system is a combat-proven solution that consolidates air track data from various sources, including local sensors and external data links, to create a comprehensive integrated air picture. This unified view of the airspace is simultaneously shared with all effectors within the architecture, providing engagement orders and weapon control status.

By delivering complete situational awareness, the FAAD C2 system ensures that air defense and maneuver units have access to both the local air picture and the status of SHORAD weapons. It can be deployed in multiple theaters of operation concurrently, enabling effective command and control for short-range air defense, C-UAS operations, and counter-rocket, artillery, and mortar missions.

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