Northrop Grumman demonstrates the capabilities of the Mini-CNI system


Mini-CNI system demonstrations are intended to meet JADC2 operational requirements. Credit: U.S. Army photo PEOC3T / Flickr.

Northrop Grumman presented the capabilities of its Mini-Communications, Navigation and Identification (CNI) system in support of Joint Command and Control Operations of All Areas (JADC2).

The demonstration of “open architecture, in-flight connectivity” capabilities for vertical aerial platforms supports the US military’s efforts to modernize network capabilities and its vision for multi-domain operations (MDO).

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

The new system has a Low Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) architecture and Modular Open Systems (MOSA) approach, allowing combatants to quickly adapt to mission requirements.

Developed using the company’s expertise in providing advanced secure multi-level connectivity that exists across domains, the system offers stand-alone fault detection and system reconfiguration.

Other benefits offered by the system include resilient “sensor-shooter links” managed by frequency agility and spectral awareness.

Jenna Paukstis, Vice President of Communications Solutions at Northrop Grumman, said: “Our Mini-Communications, Navigation and Identification (CNI) system will aid the Army’s network modernization efforts.

“The Mini-CNI provides operational mission benefits, including improved joint and coalition interoperability and networking, as well as the ability to continuously deploy new capabilities at high speed through the Northrop Grumman Software Development Kit and the system conforming to the Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA). ”

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

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

The demonstration was a success and the company views this demonstration as a key step in the evolution of the distributed and multi-domain combat management command and control architecture.

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