Northrop will serve as prime contractor and overall systems
integrator for ACS. Other team members include AAI Corporation,
an operating unit of Textron Systems Corporation; General Dynamics
C-4 Systems, Scottsdale, Ariz.; and L-3 Communications Corp.,
ACS will be a unique, next-generation intelligence, surveillance,
reconnaissance and target acquisition aircraft, which will-from
the moment it arrives over the battle field-provide commanders
in theater and troops on the ground with critical situational
intelligence. ACS will detect troop movements and intercept
communications and radar transmissions, allowing the Army to
direct dominant and effective firepower before enemy forces
know they've been detected. The Army has yet to determine the
platform of choice for ACS.
Previous plans to use the Embraer EMB-145 could not accommodate
the entire systems suite required by the Army.
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