Aerospace company Northrop Grumman is touting the Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control (FAAD C2) system’s air and missile defense interoperability among Baltic states, NATO, and U.S. forces.
“FAAD C2 will enable the Baltic region forces to make faster, better-informed decisions to defeat short range and enemy unmanned aerial threats,” Northrop Grumman Combat Systems and Mission Readiness Vice President and General Manager Rebecca Torzone said. “The system’s battle-proven architecture allows for future integration of additional sensors and effectors, and its interoperability with NATO’s integrated air and missile defense framework will enhance the region’s security.”
FAAD C2 provides command and control for collective short range air defense (SHORAD) systems to conduct counter unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS) and SHORAD missions. Northrop Grumman modernized the Baltics’ air defense and C-UAS capabilities in accordance with the U.S. European Command’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense Plan.
The initiative involved Northrop Grumman conducting FAAD C2 training with the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian armies in the Baltic region to aid them in integrating modern NATO air defenses.
FAAD C2 receives air track data from multiple sources that include local sensors and external data links, creating a single integrated air picture. The system simultaneously transmits the air picture to all effectors in the architecture and provides engagement orders and weapon control status, per Northrop Grumman.