The Ministry of Defence of Brunei Darussalam has awarded a contract to Northrop Grumman to provide a joint operations centre command and control capability for the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF).

Under the contract Northrop will also supply an integrated command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) system and a deployable joint operations centre (JOC) along with training and in-country support.

The JOC will enable the RBAF to deliver command and control capability for military commands and civil organisations at national and international level, and will be interoperable with its NATO and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) allies and coalition partners.

Northrop Grumman Information Systems director Paul Davison said the enhancement to Brunei’s defence capabilities will help improve national security and the protection of its natural resources.

Northrop Grumman’s International-Joint Operational Command and Control System will be the Brunei JOC, which incorporates the company’s industry leading software applications Command and Control for the PC (C2PC) and Interoperable C4I Services (ICS).

The C2PC in collaboration with ICS will provide a seamless top-to-bottom architecture for command and control, from commander level to dismounted soldiers.

C2PC provides a common tactical picture for operational command and control, improving situational awareness and enhancing operational and tactical decision making while ICS controls and configures the common operating picture as per user requirements by synchronising data.