General Dynamics Mission Systems has secured a full-rate production contract worth approximately $104.85m from the US Marine Corps (USMC) in support of the US Armed Forces' common aviation command and control system (CAC2S) programme.

The firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract includes one-year base period and three additional one-year options.

The CAC2S is a command and control system that collects and combines information from several aerial and ground based radar systems and sensors to provide a common and real-time picture of air spaces.

It is managed by Program Executive Office Land Systems, Quantico, Virginia.

The solution is able to visually combine ground and aviation command and control data for enhanced situational awareness and improved decision-making.

CAC2S is used by the USMC’s Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF).

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General Dynamics Mission Systems Ground Systems vice-president and general manager Bill Weiss said: “Mission Systems will provide the marine air command and control team and aviators with an integrated air-ground picture that allows them to adapt quickly in any size operation.

“CAC2S will help marines at any echelon to plan and execute their missions faster and more effectively.”

The contract includes 41 full deployment units and quarterly software maintenance releases, which will be procured in four lots from the current fiscal year through 2020.

This will include servers, network switches, network routers, radios and ancillary equipment, in addition to the assembly of the components into a deployable system.

"Mission Systems will provide the marine air command and control team and aviators with an integrated air-ground picture that allows them to adapt quickly in any size operation."

The implementation of CAC2S to operational units commenced in May at the Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point, North Carolina, US.

The system combines the existing functionality of the seven marine air command and control systems into one solution.

CAC2S has been developed using an open architecture approach that makes technology insertion and capability enhancements easy to be implemented and used, which in turn helps marines to see, plan and respond to operational changes in real-time.

Work on the project is expected to be completed by 26 January 2022 and will be carried out primarily in Scottsdale, Arizona, while the rest will be performed in Fulton, Maryland; Huntsville, Alabama; and San Diego, California.

Image: Screenshot of CAC2S Interface. Photo: courtesy of General Dynamics Mission Systems, Inc.