Northrop Grumman has showcased the capabilities of its Mini-Communications, Navigation, and Identification (CNI) system in support of Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) operations.

The demonstration of ‘open architecture, in-flight connectivity’ capabilities for vertical lift platforms supports the US Army’s efforts to modernise network capabilities and its Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) vision.

The Mini-CNI system is designed to provide various networked benefits to military troops and can accommodate several CNI capabilities.

The new system has a low size, weight and power (SWaP) and modular open systems approach (MOSA) architecture, allowing soldiers to quickly adapt to mission demands.

Developed using the company’s expertise in providing existing multi-level secure advanced connectivity across domains, the system features autonomous fault detection and system reconfiguration.

Other benefits offered by the system include resilient ‘sensor-to-shooter links’ managed through frequency agility, and spectral awareness.

Northrop Grumman communications solutions vice-president Jenna Paukstis said: “Our Mini-Communications, Navigation, and Identification (CNI) system will help with the army’s network modernisation efforts.

“The Mini-CNI provides operational mission benefits, including enhanced joint and coalition interoperability and networking, as well as the ability to continually deploy new capabilities at speed via Northrop Grumman’s Software Development Kit and Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) compliant system.”

Next year, the company’s Mini-CNI system will continue to prove new capabilities, such as integrating advanced low probability of intercept/low probability of denial communications and new MOSA functions.

In September 2021, Northrop Grumman demonstrated a new form of in-flight connectivity through an open architecture network for long-range command and control (LRCC) in contested airspace.

The demonstration was a success and the company sees this as a key milestone in the evolution of distributed, multi-domain battle management command and control architecture.