Northrop Grumman has successfully completed a complex live-fire test with its short-range counter uncrewed aerial systems (C-UAS) command-and-control (C2) system for the US Army.

The test was carried out at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, US. 

The company claimed that the recent effort was the most complex systems test performed by the C-UAS.

As part of the test, the US Army’s Forward Area Air Defence command and control (FAAD C2) system was used to perform a series of live fire scenarios and other complex assessments.

The FAAD C2 was deployed to serve as the main C2 system for all of the C-UAS assets that were used to detect and intercept targets and weapons during the test.

This system was also integrated with a total of eight sensors and six effectors, allowing it to counter a wide range of UAS, as well as coordinated artillery, rocket, and mortar attacks.

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The Army’s FAAD C2 system successfully delivered a single integrated air picture of different adversaries to enhance situational awareness and identify, evaluate, and defeat hostile targets with multiple effector types.

Northrop Grumman combat systems and mission readiness vice-president and general manager Christine Harbison said: “Our combat-proven Counter UAS C2 system is constantly adapting to meet current and future threats.”

“As we demonstrated, our open architecture can quickly integrate new capabilities from across the battlefield.”

The latest test further demonstrated the capability and performance of the C-UAS system before its operational deployment in the battlefield.

In addition, the successful use and completion of FAAD C2 allowed the company to release another new software baseline that can provide a new set of C-UAS capabilities.