Northrop Grumman has received a contract to deliver two prototype ground stations for the US Army’s Tactical Intelligence Targeting Access Node (TITAN) system.

The company was selected by the Defense Innovation Unit and the US Army Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities (TENCAP) office.

The TITAN system is a portable ground station being developed to provide targetable data and enable swift assessment of threats from adversaries leveraging high altitude, aerial and terrestrial layer sensors.

The two deployable and semi-autonomous prototypes will be used to evaluate the value of space assets for procuring tactical intelligence and improving battlefield awareness in Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2AD) environments.

Northrop Grumman integrated national systems vice-president Troy Brashear said: “Our ground station prototypes will integrate existing software and hardware capabilities to showcase a unique ability to provide access to multi-domain actionable intelligence from commercial and military space systems.

“As a proven provider of multi-domain intelligence capabilities, we give the warfighter the ability to complete critical missions in far-reaching and highly-contested areas in a safe and deployable environment.”

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The system will also enable the integration of the intelligence with data procured from multi-domain sensors, leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques to develop target data and deliver it to weapon platforms.

This will reduce sensor-to-shooter (S2S) timelines and will improve the effectiveness of Long-Range Precision Fires (LRPF).

The prototypes are expected to support multiple demonstration exercises in 2022 and 2023.

Last month, Northrop Grumman secured a contract to support the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Strategic Technology Office’s (STO) Gamebreaker programme.

The programme is designed to develop new military strategies by leveraging existing real-time strategy games.