US Army and Northrop Grumman Install Upgraded Early Missile Warning in Japan
- May 28, 2018
The U.S. Army and Northrop Grumman recently upgraded the Joint Tactical Ground Station installation in Japan.
JTAGS receives and processes data down-linked directly from the defence support programme and other infrared satellite sensors. During the process, JTAGS distributes near-real-time warning, alerting and cueing information on ballistic missile launches and other tactical missions throughout the theatre using multiple communications networks.
Northrop has updated JTAGS’ hardware, software and communication systems. Additional JTAGS data sources include feeds from the Space Based Infrared System and Defense Support Program satellites. The company also made improvements to soldier-machine interfaces and for cyber protection.
The system was first fielded in 1997 to provide in-theater missile warning using data directly from satellite sensors, Northrop said.