Northrop Grumman developing TITAN prototype for Army

By Jaspreet Gill / September 1, 2020 at 10:59 AM

Northrop Grumman is developing two prototype ground stations for the Army's Tactical Intelligence Targeting Access Node system, or TITAN, the company announced today in a press release.

Northrop was selected by the Army and the Defense Innovation Unit to provide prototypes for the service's mobile intelligence ground station architecture that will provide access to low-earth orbit satellites.

"Our ground station prototypes will integrate existing software and hardware capabilities to showcase a unique ability to provide access to multi-domain actionable intelligence from commercial and military space systems," Troy Brashear, Northrop Grumman vice president for integrated national systems, said in a statement.

Northrop Grumman's TITAN prototypes "will demonstrate the value of space assets in improving battlefield awareness and tactical intelligence in anti-access/area denial environments," the press release states.

The system will provide real-time intelligence using artificial intelligence algorithms to deliver data to weapon platforms and will maximize the effectiveness of Long Range Precision Fires and reduce sensor-to-shooter timelines, according to the release.

The Army plans to award an other transaction agreement for TITAN and deliver the system in the FY-23 to FY-24 timeframe, Col. Thomas Nguyen, a project manager with the Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors, told Inside Defense in April.

Northrop Grumman's prototypes will support upcoming exercises and experimentations in FY-22, which will incorporate soldier touchpoints to inform system development.

"A separate TITAN acquisition will provide mobile ground stations that link to terrestrial, high-altitude and airborne sensors to provide targeting data to the Army," the release states. "Northrop Grumman teams recently demonstrated a software architecture to the Army that is capable of fusing multi-domain sensor data and reducing the sensor-to-shooter timelines. This common software architecture is the basis of the Northrop Grumman space-to-ground TITAN prototype system, potentially enhancing the integration of space-based data systems with the mobile ground stations in later phases of the TITAN program."