Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) announced on April 5 that its advanced mission systems business plans to leverage 5G wireless communications technology to support the U.S. Department of Defense. Its partner in the project is AT&T; (NYSE: T).
In a joint press release, the partners said they plan to research and develop a digital battle network. Northrop Grumman will pursue the work in the San Diego area.
5G is a product of San Diego, since Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) did pioneering work in the technology and holds a large portfolio of patents related to 5G. Qualcomm is not a part of the recently announced partnership.
In a statement, Northrop Grumman and AT&T; said they plan to deliver a cost-effective, scalable, open architecture solution that will help the Defense Department connect distributed sensors, shooters and data from all domains, terrains and forces — similar to how smart devices connect and share data in the everyday lives of people. This digital battle network is expected to bring together the high speeds, low latency and cybersecurity protections of private 5G networks with the flexibility and scalability of AT&T;’s commercial 5G capabilities and offer a critical capability to support the DoD’s vision for Joint All Domain Command and Control, abbreviated JADC2.
“Our collaboration with AT&T; brings together some of the best capabilities in defense and commercial communications to meet the evolving requirements of JADC2,” said Ben Davies, vice president and general manager, Networked Information Solutions division, Northrop Grumman. “The enhanced connectivity and networking of information that 5G provides are a great advantage in a military environment and will help the DoD in the development of high-performing and intuitive technologies that quickly and seamlessly share data across a myriad of secure networks.”
The agreement establishes a joint research and development framework to prototype, demonstrate and test AT&T;’s commercial 5G networking capabilities integrated with Northrop Grumman’s robust portfolio of capabilities that are at the forefront of military technological advancement that enable the Joint Force (that is, the combined forces of the U.S. military services).
Northrop Grumman Corp.
CEO: Kathy Warden
HEADQUARTERS: Falls Church, Virginia
BUSINESS: Aerospace and defense contractor
REVENUE: $35.7 billion in 2021
STOCK: NOC on NYSE
EMPLOYEES: 90,000 companywide
CONTACT: 858-592-3000 or 703-280-2900
NOTABLE: Northrop Grumman pursues unmanned aircraft and defense electronics projects in its San Diego offices