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US Air Force Taps Five Companies for Advanced Battle Management System

The US Air Force has selected five companies to join the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) Digital Infrastructure Consortium.

L3Harris, Northrop Grumman, Leidos, Raytheon, and SAIC each confirmed their collaboration with the ABMS consortium.

The ABMS aims to design, develop, and deploy modern Joint All-Domain Command & Control (JADC2) multi-domain capabilities of the US Air Force and Space Force.

The digital backbone produced by the consortium will assist in processing, securing, and relaying data across multiple domains in the most challenging environments.

“Establishing the DI Consortium is a significant milestone in realizing the DoD’s JADC2 efforts,” Leidos Defense Group President Gerry Fasano said.

“The Leidos team looks forward to bringing our decades of systems integration and digital modernization expertise to help drive the DoD’s JADC2 strategy to reality.” 

SAIC National Security and Space Sector President Michael LaRouche added that his company is “prepared and ready to support our nation’s warfighters and provide them with a secure architecture that accelerates decision making and amplifies mission success.” 

Advanced Battle Management System
A communications pod installed in a KC-46 Pegasus will allow the F-35 Lightning II and F-22 Raptor to connect and instantly receive and transmit the most up-to-date information. Image: US Air Force graphic

‘Decision Advantage’

Through the consortium, the US Air Force’s JADC2 initiative will obtain distributed battle management and decision superiority over peer threats through speed, security, and integration.

“To embolden commanders with information and decision advantage, they need interoperability, which is a priority outcome for the collaborative consortium,” L3Harris Vice President and Chief Technical Officer Ross Niebergall said.

Raytheon Intelligence & Space Department 22 President Paul Meyer added, “Our objective is to strengthen our customer’s readiness to deter and defend against pacing threats by helping military commanders make synchronized and more informed decisions faster than ever before in multiple domains.” 

Each industry partner will utilize its expertise to conceptualize and develop equipment to work on the JADC2 solutions.

“Northrop Grumman’s expertise… will continue to support the emerging JADC2 needs of the DOD,” Northrop Grumman Research and Advanced Design Vice President Tim Frei said.

“We’ll apply our deep technical expertise… through integration into a digital engineering environment to shape the foundation for how data is harnessed by the Department of the Air Force, DOD, and its allies and partners,” Meyer emphasized.

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