Technological Advances In Ground Vehicle Protection Made By Northrop Grumman


Northrop Grumman has successfully demonstrated advanced technologies for ground vehicle protection and situational awareness at the Camp Roberts range.

Northrop Grumman simulated in one of the test scenarios a typical convoy mission leaving a Forward Operating Base. Crews in multiple vehicles maintained situational awareness with each other and the Tactical Operations Center (TOC) under all weather conditions by using the company’s Smart Integrated Vehicle Area Network (SiVAN) and vehicle-mounted sensors. The systems, which are connected to a wireless mesh network,   shared target information with other networked sensors and with the TOC. Operators were able to view imagery from several sensors.

Kay Burch, vice president of communications, intelligence and networking solutions for Northrop Grumman’s Land and Self Protection Systems Division. said, “”Military convoys are vital for resupply and force mobility in theater, but they face a number of significant threats. Improving their safety was one of the goals of our testing at Camp Roberts.” Burch went on to say, “The digital interoperability we demonstrated here will improve warfighters’ situational awareness by giving them greater access to the information they need, when they need it.”

With SiVAN, which is a highly survivable, self-healing vehicle network that uses a simple plug-and-play interface to connect disparate technologies, warfighters can easily add devices as needed and distribute the data throughout the network. SiVAN provides a self-forming information link between devices, local area dismounts, unmanned aerial vehicles, and any other platform, allowing them all to interoperate seamlessly. The network’s open architecture foundation is optimized for the rapid integration of future technologies.



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