Northrop Grumman has received a follow on contract to continue development, operations and sustainment work for the US Missile Defense Agency‘s (MDA) Command, Control, Battle Management, and Communications (C2BMC) programme.

The $96m order is part of the original $980m follow-on contract awarded to the prime contractor, Lockheed Martin, for continued work on the C2BMC programme in January 2012.

Under the subcontract, the company will provide engineering expertise to further develop, integrate and test C2BMC, operate and sustain existing globally deployed C2BMC assets, and provide test and exercise support for the systems.

The C2BMC programme is the integrating element of the US Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), designed to defend the nation and its allies against a range of incoming ballistic missile threats.

The system links the various BMDS sensors and weapon systems, including ground-based interceptors, Patriot and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) batteries into an integrated system with a common battlespace view allowing commanders, and national command centres, including The White House and Pentagon to coordinate defences.

C2BMC provides the warfighter with a reliable, flexible and real-time capability to plan, monitor and manage the US defence, its deployed forces and allies against all ranges of ballistic missile threats in all regions and in any phase of flight.

The original C2BMC programme contract was awarded to National Team B led by Lockheed Martin in 2002, with Northrop as principal sub contractor to continue development, operations, and sustainment work.

The majority of the contract work will be carried out at Lockheed’s facilities in Colorado Springs, Huntsville, and Arlington in US.