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Northrop Grumman’s Distributed Mission Operations Network Ensures Mission Readiness Through Virtual Training Event

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Northrop Grumman’s Distributed Mission Operations Network Ensures Mission Readiness Through Virtual Training Event

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Northrop Grumman’s Distributed Mission Operations Network Ensures Mission Readiness Through Virtual Training Event
Northrop Grumman’s Distributed Mission Operations Network Ensures Mission Readiness Through Virtual Training Event

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Distributed Mission Operations Network (DMON) enabled the Combat Air Force (CAF) Distributed Training Center (DTC) at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia to successfully execute a large-force, virtual training event. DMON Argonne 23 provided training against peer adversaries in a complex, multi-domain threat scenario using networked aircraft simulators. DMON delivers secure connectivity and network interoperability between unique simulator platforms across the globe, allowing aircrews to train together in a high-fidelity virtual environment.

For the first time, DMON Argonne 23 successfully connected multiple F-22 and F-35 aircraft in a distributed virtual training environment. Additionally, the Northrop Grumman-staffed CAF DTC developed a robust virtual battlespace environment, mission planning and execution materials, and supported the scheduling, briefing, execution and debriefing. Operators could make changes in real time and adapt scenarios to mission training requirements. Over the course of four days, the event hosted 44 sites, 97 cockpits and trained 196 personnel operating F-22, F-35, F-16, A-10, MQ-9, E-3G, RC-135, CRC, JTAC and the Navy’s EA-18G platform simulators.

Northrop Grumman’s DMON Expands Across US Air Force Training Sites
Second Lt. James Bloch, 47th Student Squadron student pilot, takes a flight in a T-38C Talon simulator at Jarvis Hall on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training students spend countless hours training in simulators prior to flying Laughlin’s training jets, practicing runway approaches, emergency procedures, tower communications and more. (Photo by U.S. Air Force /Airman 1st Class Ariel D. Delgado)

“During this exercise, DMON connected fourth- and fifth-generation fighters from different bases to train as they would in live combat operations, allowing aircrews to prepare for the realistic tactical problems they may face. DMON Argonne 23 successfully demonstrated how our immersive environments deliver on our commitment to prime warfighters for future Joint All-Domain Command and Control operations,” said Rebecca Torzone, vice president and general manager, combat systems and mission readiness, Northrop Grumman.

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Distributed Mission Operations Network (DMON is a proven, interoperable training network that connects legacy and emerging systems, and could serve as a foundational platform to support future requirements and capabilities such as the Joint Simulation Environment. Through “digital twins” of the battlespace, DMON can create a realistic, scalable environment for mission rehearsals and training. Additionally, these virtual replicas combined with the ability to network a diverse set of nodes saves resources because there is no need to deploy people and equipment.

Northrop Grumman’s Distributed Mission Operations Network Ensures Mission Readiness Through Virtual Training Event
Northrop Grumman’s joint all-domain immersive environments deliver virtual, networked mission rehearsal and warfighter training. (Photo by Northrop Grumman)

Northrop Grumman Corporation is an American multinational aerospace and defense technology company. With 95,000 employees and an annual revenue in excess of $30 billion, it is one of the world’s largest weapons manufacturers and military technology providers.As of the end of 2022, Northrop Grumman organized its business around four main sectors, each of which comprises two or more business areas: Aeronautics Systems, Defense Systems, Mission Systems and Space Systems. Northrop Grumman can trace its lineage back to the beginning of the 20th century when the Grumman Corporation was founded on Long Island, New York. Here, Leroy R. Grumman established the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation in December 1929.

Founded in California in 1939 by Jack Northrop, the Northrop Corporation was reincorporated in Delaware in 1985.After the end of the Cold War, Northrop made a series of acquisitions, buying Grumman Aerospace, Westinghouse and TRW Inc. in addition to a number of other enterprises. In 2018, Northrop Grumman completed the purchase of Orbital ATK, which has since been renamed to Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems. Northrop Grumman is one of the largest defense contractors in the world.

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